How Does Doctors of Chiropractic Locate the Problem?

First of all, the patient history identifies the problem with which you are chiefly concerned. You might also be asked about your family history, dietary habits, other treatment you may have had (chiropractic,osteopathic, medical and other), your job, and other questions, each designed to help determine the nature of your illness. In addition to the consultation and case history, a physical examination including laboratory analysis and X-ray examination, will be performed in accordance with your doctor's clinical judgment. In addition a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural imbalances which may affect your condition. You may not see any connection between a fall 25 years ago, an accident as a child, or some other seemingly unrelated item and your present illness, but all these factors will be significant to your doctor of chiropractic when he evaluates your total health profile.

In many cases, spinal X-ray may be necessary. While much can be determined from a case history and physical examination, the X-ray is the only manner in which the specific outline of your spinal column can be seen.
Many articles have been written warning against the over-utilization of X-ray. These are helpful for alerting the general public, and making them aware of the potential hazards of X-ray. However, information should not be misconstrued, and should not interfere with your desire to utilize comprehensive diagnostic procedures to deal with your health problems. The truth is that all X-ray procedures should be used with caution and good judgment. Many facilities today employ special filtration devices to protect and significantly reduce radiation exposure to the patient. Your doctor of chiropractic is acutely aware of the concern regarding X-ray, and will determine if the benefits of X-ray outweigh the potential harm of such an examination.

The spinal X-ray when studies by your chiropractor, take on a new meaning. They are being viewed for more than pathology(disease)or fracture, they are being viewed for normal and abnormal structural alignment.
When your X-rays are evaluated from this aspect, your structural system(the spine) may have weaknesses which lead to
misalignments(subluxations) of the spine. The X-ray examination provides your doctor with a "blue print" of your spinal column. This "blue print" helps to determine specific areas of spinal weaknesses so that the appropriate type of adjustment (manipulation) can be applied in the management of your problem.
Your spinal examination, and other findings, when analyzed through the skill and experience of your chiropractor, greatly aids in the identification of the causes of your condition. It is one of the bases for the initiation of appropriate treatment.


"This articles from introduction to chiropractic by Louis sportelli D.C." 




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