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    Old 05-30-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
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    Chiropractor xrays, who owns them?

    I've been to a few chiropractors for consultation because of my scoliosis issues. Right after the free consultation they want to take xrays for you right away basically telling you that they can't tell you anything without first having xrays which they charge around 150 to 200 dollars for. The problem is legally I guess the chiropractor owns the xrays even though you paid for it and I don't want to be stuck with a chiro I might not like, maybe a few weeks or months down the line I don't notice any difference or worse something bad happens... I don't want to have to take another set of xrays from a different chiro. Is there any way around this?

     
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    Old 05-30-2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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    Re: Chiropractor xrays, who owns them?

    Legally, they MUST provide copies of the x-rays if you request them. They may charge a reasonable fee to copy them.

    (One reputable radiology place charged me $5 per film printed. Given that this is not a normal page but a giant piece of film, that seemed fair to me.)

    Be sure to get the actual films, not just a piece of paper!

     
    Old 05-31-2011, 05:42 PM   #3
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    Re: Chiropractor xrays, who owns them?

    Please consider a full evaluation by an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon including xrays, MRI, etc. Only if an Orth Spine Surgeon agrees should you then consider chiropractic.
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    Old 06-03-2011, 10:51 PM   #4
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    Re: Chiropractor xrays, who owns them?

    Is it possible to make film copies of xrays? I went to Kaiser to get records of old xrays from over 10 years ago and they digitized them on a CD for me, I think they charged me 10-20 dollars.

    About the orthopedic spine surgeon and MRIs... this is the first time I've heard this advice, not saying it is wrong or anything, but I'm not sure how to get in contact with a ortho spine surgeon and MRIs are hard to get and very expensive if you want to pay out of pocket by yourself... To me an ortho spine surgeon sounds like he would have some very different views than chiropractors would about spines cause he would focus more on surgery instead.

    Alot of these chiropractors take their xrays in their own office instead of referring you somewhere else to get one... I guess I might just pick a chiro I think is good and hope I won't have to ask for xrays to bring to someone else...

     
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    Re: Chiropractor xrays, who owns them?

    I totally agree with SpineAZ...

    A lot of places don't require a referral. Do you know anyone that has had spine issues and is seeing a specialist? Ask others who they see and how they feel about them. I've seen my share of ortho spine surgeons, neurologists, neuro surgeons, etc. and my experience is that they 'do not' rush surgery. My experience with chiro's is that you never stop going. They're always adjusting and charging more. Seems ya never get better, for long.

    I think the key with self pay and testing (like an MRI) is that you pay 'something' each month. Even if it's $5. It keeps them from being able to send you to a collection agency and it shows your intent to pay which makes them more likely to help you and work with you in the future. For some (low income) there are programs and grants to help pay for necessary testing/procedures.



    ------About the orthopedic spine surgeon and MRIs... this is the first time I've heard this advice, not saying it is wrong or anything, but I'm not sure how to get in contact with a ortho spine surgeon and MRIs are hard to get and very expensive if you want to pay out of pocket by yourself... To me an ortho spine surgeon sounds like he would have some very different views than chiropractors would about spines cause he would focus more on surgery instead.------

     
    Old 06-04-2011, 03:13 AM   #6
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    Re: Chiropractor xrays, who owns them?

    Digitized X-ray are great. Easy to transport from place to place and keep for your own records. An Orthopedic Spine Surgeon or Neurosurgeon can evaluate if there's anything that can be potentially harmed by chiropractic care. The chiropractor I tried said, after seeing my neck MRI, that I had something that needed to he surgically addressed and it was too dangerous to continue chiropractic care.

    Any chiropractor or spine surgeon can read xrays on a CD and seeing a spine surgeon doesn't imply you meed surgery, just a full evaluation totally treatment options.

    Do you have insurance? If so they often have a database of in network Spine doctrs. I found mine via someone I met at a cocktail party (was mo longer happy with prior OSS and NS aren't as able to sit hack and listen. Even in AZ there are so few Neurosurgeons that they are all overwhelmed.
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    Old 06-04-2011, 07:56 PM   #7
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    Re: Chiropractor xrays, who owns them?

    I have kaiser insurance, as far as I know it's not accepted at most places outside of kaiser. I saw a place on yelp where they said they accept kaiser insurance which was pretty interesting, I'm guessing it's going to be very hard to get kaiser to refer me to someone outside of them though. It's hard enough getting them to refer me to someone inside their own practices. I've been complaining on and off about back problems to them the last 10 years or so and I'm 24... I gave up and didn't see them for years until recently though. The left side of my face went numb and now they are willing to give me a MRI on my neck. I would really like to get an MRI on my back too though. So, I'm guessing my next step should be to try to get a referral to the orthopedic surgeon and ask for that MRI for my back? I'm thinking about just heading over to a local chiro that has a more "gental" approach. My back and neck to killing me today, I've been feeling kind of sick on and off today...

     
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    Re: Chiropractor xrays, who owns them?

    A good orthopedic surgeon can tell a lot from a simple physical exam, so an MRI may not even be necessary. Whether insurance will approve an MRI, I don't know.

    Get an exam from a doctor knowledgeable about spines. He might even refer you to a chiro, if he thinks it will be beneficial and not harmful. Or he might refer you to physical therapy. Either would probably help to relieve your pain, assuming there's nothing really serious going on.

     
    Old 06-04-2011, 09:52 PM   #9
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    Re: Chiropractor xrays, who owns them?

    Get a copy of your full insurance plan to look at in-network and out-of-network benefits. In addition, Kaiser has many well qualified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons and Neurosurgeons. And physicians that take Kaiser know what it takes to get testing such as MRI if needed. Before you see a specialist write down all your symptoms, pain history, concerns , and questions. Too often we see a specialist and forget half of what we meant to mention or ask. Still happens to me and I'm nearly a "professional" patient with all my medical issues.
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