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X-Ray Facts Every Scoliosis Patient Should Know

Scoliosis patients are very familiar with x-rays. Some scoliosis patients even come to dread scoliosis x-rays. They’ve seen their condition deteriorate with each x-ray. And, they’re worried about being exposed to too much radiation. It’s easy to see why some scoliosis patients don’t want to have more x-rays taken.

The fears scoliosis patients have with x-rays are typically unfounded. These fears are certainly not a valid reason to avoid further scoliosis treatment. At Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood, Dr. Jumper uses x-rays to measure and quantify the results of treatment. X-rays give our team an inside look, allowing us to track the natural progress of treatment. X-rays allow us to deliver chiropractic care with a high level of precision. They tell us the exact amount of force to be applied to the patient during treatment.

Modern X-Ray Technology is Exceptionally Safe

X-rays deliver less radiation to the body than you probably realize. According to a study published in the Journal of Radiology, scoliosis patients experience lower doses of radiation in comparison with other types of radiographic examinations.

Many studies on x-ray radiation and scoliosis date from the early 20th century – yet they’re still erroneously cited today. One study published in Spine, for example, found that patients with scoliosis who received 50 or more x-rays were four times more likely to die from breast cancer. This study, however, analyzed patient data from 1912 to 1965. During this time, standard x-rays were taken at 0.6 centigray (cGy), which means patients were exposed to higher levels of radiation. Modern medical imagine technology produces more accurate x-rays with just a fraction of that magnitude, exposing patients to just 0.02 cGy per x-ray, or 30 times less than in the past. In order words, you’d need to be exposed to 1500 x-rays to achieve the same level of exposure. Furthermore, pediatric x-rays are shot with an even lower level of magnitude.

Positioning is Particularly Important for Scoliosis Patients

When taking a precision x-ray, the positioning of the x-ray is particularly important. A precision x-ray is designed to measure the position of the spinal units. Even a slight rotation off from center will skew the results and produce an inaccurate image. That’s why chiropractic clinics often use a special device to assure accurate findings – the x-ray data collected by another clinic – say, to check for fractures and abnormalities – may not produce adequate data.

Ultimately, x-rays allow Dr. Jumper and the team at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood to provide superior patient care. X-rays are a critical part of scoliosis treatment. They can play an enormous role in relieving scoliosis symptoms and managing your condition in the long-term. Schedule a free scoliosis exam and consultation with Dr. Jason Jumper today and learn to manage scoliosis with no surgery, no drugs, and no pain.

Carpal Tunnel in Lakewood, CO

Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to compression of the median nerve as it passes through the “carpal tunnel” in your wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically associated with small and repetitive movements – like using the mouse or keyboard of a computer.

Common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, numbness, and weakness in your hands and wrists. The median nerve – the nerve affected by carpal tunnel syndrome – is the same nerve that provides sensation to your thumb, index, and middle fingers and to half of the ring finger. Your pinky finger is not typically affected by carpal tunnel syndrome. The nerve also provides strength to muscles at the base of the thumb.

What is the ‘Carpal Tunnel’?

The ‘carpal tunnel’ is a narrow canal in your wrist. Your carpal bones form the bottom and sides of the tunnel, creating a semi-circle. A strong tissue called a ligament forms at the top of the tunnel, while the median nerve and tendons pass through the narrow space in between.

This tunnel is already quite narrow. Certain conditions can cause the tunnel to narrow even further. Sometimes, for example, the tendons that pass through the tunnel will swell, causing carpal tunnel syndrome by compressing the median nerve.

How Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Occur?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is particularly common among people with jobs or activities involving repetitive finger use, including jobs that involve a lot of typing or other small hand and finger movements. If your job involves prolonged, high-force use of your fingers, then you might be at a particularly high risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s also common among those who repeatedly experience extreme wrist motions or vibrations

Other factors that can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Heredity (some families naturally have smaller carpal tunnel passageways than others)
  • Pregnancy
  • Hemodialysis
  • Hand or wrist deformities
  • Hand or wrist fractures and dislocations
  • Arthritis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Alcoholism
  • Diabetes
  • A mass (like a tumor) in the carpal tunnel
  • Older age

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Typical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include wrist and hand pain. You might also notice tingling or numbness along the side of your thumb, in your index and middle fingers, or in the radial half of your ring finger.

Carpal tunnel symptoms typically begin slowly and get worse over time. You might notice slight tingling at first, only to have it develop into full-blown numbness or pain over a several year period.

Many people notice nighttime symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. That’s because many people sleep with their wrists curled. Some people might even awake from sleep due to symptoms.

During the daytime, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to symptoms like difficulty handling small objects, difficulty holding a car steering wheel, and difficulty performing other common tasks with your hands.

Over time, carpal tunnels syndrome can lead to constant pain, increased difficulty to perform everyday tasks, and other problems.

Our Lakewood chiropractic clinic may be able to manage symptoms of your carpal tunnel syndrome. Effective chiropractic care may be able to significantly reduce pain, stiffness, and discomfort related to carpal tunnel syndrome. Call 720-493-5885 for a free consultation from the leading chiropractor in Lakewood, Colorado.