Using New Technology in Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Since upper cervical chiropractic was in its infancy, chiropractors have been open to using modern technology to help them in a diagnosis. Such technology-assisted diagnoses can help to assess the most appropriate treatment for a patient. This is as true in the field of chiropractic as it is for traditional surgery and other medical interventions.

X-Ray and MRI in Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Among the technology available to upper cervical chiropractors are X-ray imaging and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging.)  Each of these can be used to analyze spinal trauma in its own specific fashion.
A chiropractor would be unlikely to use such methods for conditions such as migraine, inner ear problems or sciatica – all of which are known to be treatable using upper cervical chiropractic. However, these techniques might be appropriate for serious trauma, such as a bad fall or a road traffic accident.
In some cases, upper cervical chiropractic would be perfectly valid treatment after a road traffic accident.  A lot would depend on the injuries, and where they were located. In most cases, regular medical treatment is the first and most obvious form of treatment needed. In most cases the patient will be treated, recover and continue their normal lives. But not in all!
MRI in Upper Cervical Chiropractic
It is possible for a patient be discharged from hospital and then suffer further symptoms that are unexplainable after the treatment already received. These can take the form of extreme pain dizziness, particularly when moving the neck in any direction.
In one case, referenced below, the patient suffered these symptoms after being discharged. She subsequently underwent X-ray and MRI tests. The MRI provided evidence that the patient was displaying injury of the upper cervical ligaments and components of chiropractic subluxation.
The MRI scan led to chiropractic as being the preferred method of treatment.  The patient subsequently underwent upper cervical chiropractic treatment. This cured her acute neck pain, headache and dizziness. It was applied carefully and successfully.
You can read about this case and view the MRI images here.
 
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