The first step in the CLEAR protocols involves gathering information about the biomechanical function of the entire spine, not just the area(s) affected by scoliosis. It is an axiom that you can control the middle of the cord by moving the top and the bottom. It is important to understand what is occurring in the neck and the hips in order to affect the middle of the spine. To obtain this information, seven small, precise x-rays are necessary. A scoliosis x-ray is also mandated if a recent film is not available.
X-rays are often taken on most patients to give the doctor an inside look at what is going on with the bone structure of the entire spine and surrounding skeletal structure. From this x-ray, the doctor can tell your current spine angles as well as any potential further issues including the potential for additional information such as an MRI.