5th Avenue Chiropractic, PLLC

Chiropractors located in Midtown, New York, NY

When you have back pain or other spinal concerns, X-rays may be a valuable diagnostic tool to help get to the root of the problem. The team at 5th Avenue Chiropractic, located in the Midtown West neighborhood of New York City, uses X-rays to help diagnose and plan effective treatments for their patients. For an evaluation of your spinal health, call or book an appointment online today.

X-Ray Q & A

What is an X-ray?

X-ray technology uses electromagnetic light waves to offers a two-dimensional picture of the bones and hard tissues of the body. An X-ray is an invaluable tool used in chiropractic care to help diagnose and plan treatment for relieving and correcting musculoskeletal deformities.

An X-ray can identify the root cause of musculoskeletal or nervous system problems, such as:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Misalignments
  • Tumors
  • Bone infections
  • Deformities
  • Pinched nerves
  • Numbness or tingling

X-rays can’t show soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, or nerves; however, the position or deformity of a bone can help explain why nerves, muscles, ligaments, or tendons are creating pain or limiting your mobility.

Why are X-rays important to chiropractic care?

Not all chiropractors rely on X-rays to guide their treatment. Many chiropractors depend solely on physical assessment and use X-rays only when absolutely necessary. At 5th Avenue Chiropractic, the team appreciates that there are some significant benefits that come with using this tool to provide quality care.

These benefits include:

  • Visualization of bones and structures
  • Identification of problems that can’t be felt
  • Ability to rule out fractures or cancers
  • Identification of underlying disease
  • Objective diagnosis before treatment begins
  • Collection of baseline data for tracking progress
  • Helping you to visualize and understand your diagnosis

The team might not always use X-rays in planning care, but when they do, they always use a combination of both imaging and physical assessment to determine the cause of your musculoskeletal or nervous system problems.

Who should have X-rays?

In some cases, an X-ray is the best and only option for getting a clear, effective picture of your musculoskeletal or nervous system problems. This especially applies to those who:

  • Have been in a traumatic accident
  • Are over 50 and had any trauma, even minor trauma
  • Are at high risk for fractures
  • Are suspected of having fractures or dislocations
  • Have osteoporosis or osteoarthritis
  • Have symptoms of joint disease
  • Have symptoms of spinal instability
  • Have symptoms of cancers or bone infections

For an expert chiropractic evaluation using X-rays, call or book an appointment online with 5th Avenue Chiropractic today.