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
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
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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