At LIFE Chiropractic Centers, our evaluation and management of your care is geared toward reducing your pain, increasing your function and improving your overall health with a focus on finding and correcting subluxation. Subluxation is the slight misalignment of the vertebrae. Misalignment of the vertebrae causes pressure on our nerves, which can then cause pain and a variety of other symptoms. The procedures in our centers are specifically designed with your spine and nervous system health in mind. During your initial visit at our office, we will complete a thorough review of your personal health history, a clinical evaluation and X-rays, if clinically warranted. Your evaluation will include checking your vital signs and an orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examination. The chiropractic examination consists of the doctor palpating your spine by hand. This allows the doctor to determine spinal position, curvatures, muscle tone and presence of subluxation. After completing your evaluation, the doctor will determine if X-rays are clinically necessary. There are clinical factors that are taken into consideration when determining the need for X-rays, which may include trauma or chronic symptoms. X-rays give us important information regarding your spinal health, including the position of your vertebrae, degree of spinal degeneration and spinal misalignment. Your x-rays will be reviewed by a LIFE Chiropractic Centers radiologist who will coordinate your findings with your chiropractic provider to help ensure the highest quality of care. Your findings will be reviewed with you in detail at your Report of Findings during your second visit in our office.