Three times this year, I've had doctors order xrays for my mom. All 3 times, I did not see a reason for the xray (there was a 4th time when my sister insisted I take her, I'm not including that one).
The problem seems to be, my mom will complain of how much her ankle or knee hurts, the doc will ask some questions, and my mom will continue to complain, and then the doc orders xrays.
And of course, all they ever find is "degenerative arthritis" meaning she is old and her joints are creaky, and it's not going to get better. She has had shots (cortisone) but that is limited to 2x/year. She also has rx for Naproxen but rarely takes it because of the warnings on the label.
I'm concerned as to how to avoid unnecessary medical bills on mom's limited resources.
How do I talk to doctors to avoid unnecessary xrays? If there is no brusing, swelling or signs of trauma, why do an xray?