Are Chiropractic X-rays Necessary?

Why do chiropractors take X-rays? I have always gone by the adage, “To see is to know, not to see is to guess, and we will never guess when it comes to your health!” The reality is you can only feel so much, and the rest is up to guesswork if you don’t have an X-ray.

Chiropractic doctors do a lot of testing before taking x-rays. In our office, we take a thorough case history, do a complete chiropractic physical examination, and a computerized thermographic nerve scan. Then, if the results indicate that x-rays are warranted, we go ahead and take the necessary views.

Important Information Provided by a Chiropractic X-ray

What information can you see with an x-ray that you cannot see otherwise? The short answer is A LOT!


One of the first things that we look for is contra-indicators. Contra-indicators are situations in the spine that indicate an adjustment to that area is inappropriate and could potentially make things worse, not better. That is the last thing that we want to do, so we rule out the existence of anything that contraindicates an adjustment. Safety is paramount.

Compressed Disc or Degenerative Disc/Spinal Joint

We also need to know if there is any indication of a compressed or degenerative disc or a degenerative spinal joint. Are there bone spurs present in the area of concern? This will inform us on what is the best way to address that particular spinal area. These concerns cannot be felt by simply palpating (feeling) the spine; x-rays are needed.

Precision Measurements

Lastly, chiropractic doctors use x-rays not only to confirm where the structural misalignments are located but to measure the actual distance that the spinal bones have moved. We also calculate the stress points and angles of the spine through x-ray, which allows us to be more precise when delivering an adjustment. More precision means better results.

X-rays are a useful tool for the chiropractic doctor to locate, analyze, and correct vertebral subluxation. There are many reasons why chiropractic doctors take x-rays, but there are also several reasons we would not take x-rays, including if the person is:

  • pregnant
  • an infant
  • a toddler
  • a child

To know if you have vertebral subluxation affecting the functioning of your body, get checked by your local chiropractor. They will perform a thorough chiropractic spine and nervous system evaluation and take any necessary x-rays. If the results do indicate vertebral subluxation, then a better life could be just around the corner.

If you are looking for a Chiropractor in the Greenville area, contact us and take advantage of our New Patient Special. You can also schedule an appointment online.

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Cornerstone Chiropractic
Cornerstone Chiropractic
1 year ago

This is a great content! Cant wait to read more of your blogs.

7 months ago

Can you take xrays of a pregnant woman if it really seems necessary?

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