XRays & MRI
Our Wexford Chiropractor office is often asked if Xrays or MRI's are required in order to undergo chiropractic treatment.
In order to answer this question, we want to educate our patients on why a MRI or XRay may be necessary however it is not required in order to receive chiropractic treatment.
Most of our patients that come through our chiropractic office in Wexford PA do not need XRays and we often do our best to avoid unnecessary testing to save you the costs associated with this type of testing.
There are occasions, in our chiropractic office, when it is inevitable to have our patients undergo and XRAy or MRI in order to better understand the underlying physical and structural problems that are creating your discomfort.
If you have concerns regarding Xrays or MRI's during your chiropractic visit, please be sure to discuss them with our chiropractor upon visiting our clinic.
To get things started, here is a quick run down on Xrays and MRI diagnostic tools.
An X-Ray is one of the most common diagnostic tests used today in chiropractic and physician offices. To Xray the spine, a beam of xray energy is passed through the skin and soft tissues to give an image of the underlying bones.
XRays are good with bone imagery, however they do not help when diagnosing soft tissue damages that may be causing problems within the patient.
XRays are used to help find problems associate with severe spinal pain, arm pain or leg pain. It is also often used to help determine the cause of severe or chronic pain in the back, legs or arms as well.
When Xrays show no results or inconclusive results about associate pain in a particular region, MRIs or additional testing may be ordered.
The next most common diagnostic test ordered is the MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
MRIs allows doctors to get imagery of a variety of body parts without using radiation. MRI's utilize very strong magnets that send signals through your body and back to a computer that inputs the signals into a pictur of your soft tissues.
MRIs are outstanding for obtaining imagery of the brain, spinal cord and nerves and allows chiropractors more in depth information about your specific conditions.
MRIs and Xrays may be the answer to find the structural or physical malfunction that is causing your back pain.