Aloha, my ohana, I’m Dr. Kalani, your chiropractor for neck pain in Oxnard, CA. At Kalani Total Health Center, we take digital x-rays.
Why are we excited that we get to take digital x-rays? Many years ago we had an old fashioned x-ray unit that needed a separate room to process the films; this process was lengthy and often plagued with issues and challenges. For starters, if the patient weighed more than 250 pounds and had a large waist, it was close to impossible to get a clear image of their lumbar spine.
In addition to that, the chemicals that we used to process the films were toxic and in an enclosed room, you get the big idea. There are many other concerns with the old way of taking and processing the films.
Today, with the latest technology in x-ray, we no longer have rooms to process the films; they’re almost instantaneous images that almost seem like they magically display on our computer and our monitor.
Also the entire process is simpler and more predictable, not to mention the amount of radiation exposure to the patient is less than the old way of taking x-rays; patient safety is always our first and foremost concern.
Here at Kalani Total Health Center we have a dedicated radiology tech that takes all of our x-rays; this way we have consistency of the technique. Our tech has an annual continuing education unit that are required by the state of California to stay on the cusp of all of the profession’s updates.
Also, we’re able to take more than x-rays of the spine; we’re able to take x-rays of joints, suspected fractures and/or patients that have been in automobile accidents or work injuries.
Now, when it comes to taking x-rays for neck pain, there are many reasons why x-ray is the ideal diagnostic tool. You may be surprised that patients forget to tell us that they had a previous procedure or neck surgery done. We also look for past fractures, tumors or gross pathologies.
Negating the absence of any of the aforementioned conditions, x-rays helps us to relieve or eliminate neck pain and will help us in designing the right recommendations for you.
We look at the patient’s spinal alignment; ideally the vertebrae should be perfectly aligned and the patient’s neck ought to have a proper lordosis. A lack of or a reversal of the ideal lordotic curve could result in the patient experiencing pain and/or discomfort.
We also look for degeneration; presence of degeneration would dictate the length of time needed to correct the issue and overall, x-ray is useful to help determine the course of care. X-rays can be performed from five to 95 years old.
When you come in for a checkup, there’s a likelihood that you’ll have your x-rays taken, so prepare by staying hydrated.
I’m Dr. Kalani from Kalani Total Health Center, your one-stop holistic health shop.