Recovery symptoms are a normal part of the healing process. Just as the body aches after being bruised, broken or struck with illness so to can the body ache after receiving treatment for a long term misalignment of the spine or a chronic condition.
These symptoms of change occur as a result of correction. Let your chiropractor know about these symptoms as a matter of progress with your treatment. They are usually regarded as a good sign.
A lot of patients expect immediate recovery from pain and discomfort immediately following and adjustment. In some cases this does happen due to the inflammatory process. In most cases there is a period of time required depending on severity, arthritic changes, lack of exercise and continuing activities such as twisting, bending incorrectly, lifting, bad work posture and bad sleeping posture.
X-Rays are a necessity when making a prognosis, diagnosing severity and insure patient safety. There are many causes of pain such as fractures, tumours etc. and it is important to get an accurate diagnosis and minimise risk factors that may be present.