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Do I need an x-ray for back pain?

When do you need an x-ray for back pain? This is a question I get asked on a regular basis.  Many people that I meet are under the impression that a chiropractor needs x-rays of the spine to diagnose.  Perhaps surprising, it’s quite rare for an x-ray to be the sole factor that provides a…

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory condition that primarily targets the spine. It is characterized by pain, a progressive “stiffening” of the spine and can sometimes be associated with other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and uveitis (irritation of the eye). Diagnosing this condition can be very tricky so as we always say in this blog,…

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Disc Herniation

If you haven’t already heard the analogy, a jelly donut is a really easy way to get the idea of a lumbar disc herniation. If you recall from previous blogs, our spine is made up of boney blocks separated by cartilage discs. These cartilage discs have a tough outer cartilage (like the dough of a…