Would you fix a car without looking under the hood? Would you allow a dentist to drill into your tooth without an x-ray?
In order to give our patients the best possible care, the doctor may have spinal x-rays taken on the first visit. The chiropractors at Aligned for Life Chiropractic specifically adjust the spine for optimal spinal correction and better full body health. The doctors would never play guess and check when it comes to your spine. Your spine and nervous system are far too important to play roulette with! All chiropractors are fully trained to both take and analyze x-rays. The doctor will analyze each patient’s findings and x-rays in order to design the best possible treatment plan for the best possible outcome.
Did you know that the first spinal x-rays were brought to the United States by one of chiropractic founders BJ Palmer? Spinal x-rays have a low dose of radiation exposure compared to other diagnostic tools. Radiation dose is measured in a unit called millisievert. In the United States, we are exposed to about 3mSv per year naturally. Spinal bone x-rays expose a patient to 1.5 mSv as compared to a CT scan of the spine which exposes a patient to 6mSv ( http://www.radiologyinfo.org/ ). At Aligned for Life Chiropractic, we take precautions to make sure our patients have as little exposure as possible. We strive for the best possible care overall for every patient that walks into our office!
If you have any questions about x-rays and their safety in clinical use, feel free to contact our office and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have.