"X-rays are also used to detect changes in joint structure and signs of instability, which are often indications of ligament failure. Although X-rays are not the standard procedure for diagnosing ligament injury since the ligaments themselves are not shown, they do pick up certain structural abnormalities that are considered indicative of particular ligament injuries.
More recently, Digital Motion X-ray (DMX) has been used as a means of visualizing the moving joint under fluoroscopy. DMX is able to spot ligament damage that static films and MRI miss. DMX can also show limitations of certain motions of the joint, providing the clinician with insight into the functionality of particular ligaments.
Although it can be used to observe the motion of any mobile joint, DMX is particularly useful in diagnosing upper cervical ligament injury, especially in the case of
C1-C2 vertebral segments which have no discs."
Ross Hauser, MD is the Medical Director of Caring Medical and Rehabilitation Services, with offices in Fort Myers, Florida and Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Hauser and his team specialize in Prolotherapy, a regenerative injection treatment, for cervical instability as well as nearly all chronic pain conditions.