All decisions to take x-rays have to comply with Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR) and the Ionising Radiations (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IRMER). The recommendation for routine x-ray examination for back and neck pain was discontinued many years ago. Only if a thorough case history taking and examination fails to give reassurance of a benign cause of symptoms or if treatment fails to provide relief, is imaging recommended. Otherwise it serves little purpose other than exposing you to unnecessary and  potentially harmful ionising radiation.

Our Worthing chiropractors have a good working relationship with the local GPs who generally are more than happy to refer you for an NHS x-rays, if we feel it may help shed some light on your problem. These are often done and reported on within a couple of weeks. If you are happy to pay for private imaging we can advise you on local providers. X-rays are around £125 and MRIs are less than £400 per area, e.g. lower back.

If your Park View chiropractor decides that other investigations are required he can advise you on how best to organise these. If you are happy to pay it usually tales a few days – if not, we can liaise with your GP to set up the appropriate investigation or appointment. Simple NHS tests do not take long but specialist appointments can take months to come through. Most medical insurance policies require GP or medical consultant referral to pay out for these.