Milwaukee Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist and Herniated Disc Doctor writes:
"I had x-rays and MRIs and they say nothing is wrong except arthritis."
"My doctor says my insurance company tells him I don't need x-rays of my back and that I should just take these drugs and my back pain would go away. Well, it didn’t. My back keeps hurting and all they do is keep giving me drugs. What’s wrong?"
Both of these stories point out the missed opportunity of spinal x-rays.
Sometimes people come to us with page after page of x-ray, CT and MRI reports and still have never had a good explanation of why they have not gotten any better. On the other hand we see people come to us with long-standing back pain that they can't get rid of and who have never been x-rayed. Some insurance companies refuse to pay for x-rays in the first thirty days, yet Medicare thinks the x-ray is important.
So what is the proper use of x-rays for back pain?