Navigating Post-Collision Recovery: The Role of Diagnostic Imaging in Chiropractic Care

Diagnostic Imaging & Chiropractic Assessment

Car accidents can inflict a toll on your body, affecting not just bones and muscles but also the intricate network of joints, ligaments, tendons, and even the nervous system. At our chiropractic clinic, we understand the complexity of these injuries and are committed to providing you with the most effective care tailored to your unique situation.

Here's how we approach diagnostic imaging after an accident:

  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Your journey to recovery begins with a thorough history and physical examination by our chiropractic experts. We delve into the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, leaving no stone unturned in identifying potential injuries.
  • Diagnostic Imaging Precision: If necessary, our chiropractors employ diagnostic imaging to gain deeper insights into your condition. These modalities may include X-ray, CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and US (ultrasound).
  • X-rays as a Starting Point: Often, X-rays serve as the initial step in diagnostic imaging. They are cost-effective and provide quick and valuable information. X-rays help rule out fractures, dislocations, bone fragments, and internal injuries, acting as a foundation for further assessments.
  • Dynamic Spinal X-rays: To capture a comprehensive view, dynamic spinal X-rays which are X-rays that are taken in positions such as flexion and extension may be needed. These dynamic X-rays reveal slipping and increased spinal movement, highlighting potential ligamentous injuries that demand careful consideration and specialized treatment.
  • Beyond X-rays: In cases requiring more detailed information, our chiropractors may recommend CT, MRI, or US. These advanced imaging tools help identify issues such as disc herniations, muscle tears, ligament or tendon damage, cartilage issues, or organ injuries that may not be evident with X-rays alone.
  • Balancing Concerns: We understand that cost and radiation exposure are valid concerns. That's why, considering their relatively low cost, X-rays are usually the initial choice. Radiation exposure from medical X-ray examinations is relatively low. For comparison, we have a list comparing other sources of radiation exposure in our daily lives such as eating a banana, traveling in an airplane, or living in a house made of stone. Doses are shown in milli Sieverts.

Comparative Radiation Exposure (in milli Sieverts):

  • 0.0001 mSv: Eating a banana
  • 0.001 mSv: Arm X-ray
  • 0.005 mSv: Dental X-ray
  • 0.04 mSv: Flight from NY to LA
  • 0.07 mSv: Living in a stone, concrete, or brick house for a year
  • 0.1 mSv: Chest X-ray
  • 0.2 mSv: Cervical (neck) X-ray
  • 0.36 mSv: Smoking a pack/day for a year
  • 0.4 mSv: Mammogram
  • 0.4 mSv: From the food eaten in a year
  • 1.5 mSv: Lumbar (lower back) X-ray
  • 2.0 mSv: Annual average background exposure we all get from normal lives
  • 100 mSv: Level of annual radiation dose where lifetime cancer risk increases
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Proactive Approach for Swift Recovery

Your health and safety are paramount to us. Our chiropractors carefully assess your situation to determine the most appropriate diagnostic imaging, ensuring the most accurate diagnosis and the best course of treatment for your swift recovery. When it comes to your well-being, trust our expertise at Accident & Wellness Chiropractic to guide you through a personalized and effective healing process.

If you've recently been in an auto accident, don't wait. Call us today to schedule your comprehensive evaluation and start your journey toward recovery. Let our expertise guide you to a personalized and effective healing process. Your well-being is our priority, and we're here to support you every step of the way.