Hey, what’s up, everybody? Dr. Hunter Merriman here with Next Level Chiropractic, your chiropractor for neck pain. And today, I wanted to talk to you about why we take x-rays in this office.
Now, the number one reason is safety. As a portal of entry position, I have the responsibility to both rule out conditions that require an immediate medical referral to a different provider, as well as to rule out conditions that have compromised the structural integrity of your spine.
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Now, there are certain red flags that can pop up during the initial examination and history taking process. They can indicate things like fractures, dislocations, infections within the bone malignant pathologies, God forbid, cancer has metastasized to the spine.
Now, these are the scary things, but they’re certainly not the norm. So, just relax, but every one of those things are completely contraindicated to receiving a manual chiropractic adjustment.
Now, the second reason is that structure dictates function. I need to know where the
highest levels of stress are occurring in your spine. Do you have degenerative joint disease? And if you do, which joints are they?
Do you have a reverse curvature in your neck? Do you have asymmetries like scoliosis? Do you have congenital anomalies? Like Klippel-Feil syndrome, for example, where you have multiple vertebrae in your neck that had been fused since birth.
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These are things that I need to know in order to get you the best results possible. My job is not just to crack your neck based on random assumptions and hope for the best. That does not achieve long-term results and it is a complete disservice to you. If you want to achieve long-term results, we need to identify the problem and correct it.
Now, in this office, we have some incredible state-of-the-art spinal analysis software that allows us to run these images through and provides us with objective highly specific measurements that allow us to compare your spine relative to optimal. With those exact metrics, we can then set goals and track progress over time.
So, again, in regards to your health and achieving the kind of results we get out of this office, we need to eliminate the guesswork.
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