Chiropractic Low Back Pain Tests

Dr. Gil Center for Back, Neck, and Chronic Pain Relief


At a chiropractic office, the chiropractor will perorm a spinal evaluation and certain diagnostic testing procedures, depending on your particular situation. These testing procedures help us understand the causes of your pain or other health condition and figure out the best solution. Some of the testing procedures we might perform include:

An X-RAY: This test shows us an image that we use to determine problems with joints and bones, as well as any degenerative lesions that might be in the spine.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or an MRI: This test is the one most commonly used to determine the state of the spine. It looks at joints, discs, spinal bones, soft tissues and nerves.

CAT SCAN, or CT scan: We generally use this test if you are unable to receive an MRI or if we suspect a problem in the bones.

A bone density scan: This test is a noninvasive test that is quick and painless. It usually only takes a few minutes and it it scans a certain area of one or more bones to show us their condition and density. During this test, you lie on a table fully clothed while the machine performs the scan.

A myelogram: This test involves injecting dye into the spinal column. Then, we flex and perform an X-RAY of the spine.

Discography: We use this test if you are experiencing a painful disc. It is a diagnostic procedure that helps show us the level of the disc.

An EMG: This test is also known as a nerve conduction study. It shows us the arm and leg nerves.

A bone scan: A bone scan includes two different steps:

  • Step 1: You come three hours before the scan when we inject a radioactive tracer attached to a material similar to calcium. We generally inject this into an arm vein, although we will sometimes inject it into a different location. The substance we inject does not have any side effects so you can leave for three hours. During this time, the calcium substance will circulate in your body and your bone will take it. You can feel free to eat before and after you receive the injection.
  • Step 2: You return to the facility after three hours. During this time, you receive the bone scan. You lie on a table and a “gamma camera” will scan your body from top to bottom.


We will determine the type of test(s) you need based on your particular needs and situation. These tests help us figure out the right treatment plan for you to get you back in a better state of health. Make an appointment today for an evaluation to determine your problem areas and needs.