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Why Do I Need an MRI or X-ray?

x-ray machineDid you know approximately 3.6 billion X-rays and diagnostic medical exams are completed each year? Electromagnetic radiation and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are forms of diagnostic tests that allow healthcare professionals to identify illnesses and injuries.

Chiropractors often recommend x-rays and MRIs to diagnose spinal issues and the source of pain. So, when will a chiropractor order this imaging? X-rays are typically their first choice to evaluate a patient’s spine and bone structure. Some chiropractors may complete x-rays before adjustments. Because an MRI takes more time and requires a referral, this imaging is typically reserved for more serious issues or cases that the chiropractors or doctors need more specific data.

When chiropractors look at X-ray images, they can identify spinal abnormalities and injuries to the bones and joints. MRI imaging allows chiropractors to diagnose disc problems and soft tissue injuries to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

If you have persistent muscle or spinal pain, a chiropractor can determine the cause of your pain through chiropractic exams, X-rays, and MRIs.

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