X-Ray/MRI Scan

After the initial consultation and examination, your chiropractor may offer treatment almost immediately. However, it may be delayed for a day or two if he/she needs to order x-rays or obtain further information from your GP (blood test results, for example) and, where appropriate, refer you for an MRI / CT scan.
 
X-rays can tell us a lot about the structure of the spine as well as the amount and distribution of normal 'wear and tear'. They can also exclude other pathological processes, and of course show findings such as fractures. They give little information about soft tissue structures eg. ligament, muscle. In the right circumstances x-rays are a valuable tool. MRI scans are proving very useful in the identification of problems in the spine, particularly of the intervertebral disc. At The Hastings Chiropractic Clinic we have quick, direct access to local x-ray facilities and can often arrange for these to be taken at a moments notice.
 
Any imaging will only be requested where clinically justified, in line with current legislation and guidelines.
 

Regulation

The New Zealand Chiropractic Board is the regulatory authority established by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003) . The principal purpose of this Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions.
 
The title of Chiropractor is protected by the Act. Only practitioners that are registered with the Chiropractic Board may use the title Chiropractor and only Chiropractors that hold a current Annual Practising Certificate may lawfully practice chiropractic in New Zealand.