Why I won’t crack you before seeing your X-rays
Have you ever used an old camera?
Have you ever tried taking a selfie with it? It can be quite a challenge, to say the least.
I’m Dr Kelvin the Chiro. I’m the founder of YOU Chiropractic.
Today, I will show you why some chiropractors refer you to get some X-rays before you start your chiropractic care.
These days your smart phone has a lens at the front. This takes out all the guess work involved in taking a selfie.
Right now i can see that I fit nicely into my camera’s frame. I know you can see this TV screen next to me. I don’t need to guess or even worse – assume that the frame is where it should be.
With an old school camera, you can technically take a selfie with it but you’re going to be wasting a lot of time and energy.
You’ll make mistakes, correct them and then you’ll try again. Trial and error. And a lot of frustration!
Imagine you’re seeing your chiropractor and he or she has no clue what your spine looks like. Because it’s hidden underneath all that skin and muscle.
Your chiropractor then starts adjusting you. That’s the infamous “crack” that you hear. Using only their sense of touch and feel plus the little information that you’ve provided them.
Your chiropractor will be able to guess and assume to the best of their ability, how your spine is doing, where it’s having the most issues and the parts of your spine that are doing okay.
Now imagine your chiropractor has access to your X-rays. He or she will be able to know exactly:
- Where your underlying problems are.
- How it relates to your condition.
- How long it’s been there for.
- Where to treat and more importantly, what not to treat.
Chiropractors are trained to analyse your spinal X-rays in great detail. While your doctor will look for urgent problems like a broken bone or a dislocation, Chiropractors look for abnormal alignment and the degree of wear and tear. Both of which are more subtle but important.
If you ask me, X-rays are needed before starting chiropractic care.
I’m Dr Kelvin the Chiro.
Wishing you a healthier spine, for a happier you.