When a patient first presents with pain they often have three questions.
- What is wrong with me?
- Can you help me?
- How much will it cost?
So let’s cover some of these basics the best I can in a blog article. Of course every patient and case is different and have their own nuances, but I will try to be general here in answering these questions.
What’s wrong with me?
Back and neck pain can be caused by a myriad of conditions, but the most common is a vertebral subluxation. This is a misalignment of your spine that is causing pressure on your nerve roots as they exit your spine from you spinal cord. This subluxation can cause pain, muscle spasms, numbness, tingling, and burning pain to name a few. Imaging such as x-rays, MRI or a CT scan are helpful in diagnosing subluxations and more complex conditions such as disc herniations. And yes chiropractic care can help with disc herniations too! I will sit down with you and discuss my findings and give you a plan to correct your condition and get you back to life.
Can you help me?
This is very case specific but overall chiropractic care has a good success rate with musculoskeletal symptoms and radicular symptoms. A best guess is I would say about 90% of my patients have relief or a change in symptoms within about two weeks of care. I provide home exercises from basic to more advanced, home therapy remedies to decrease pain and of course adjustments. We also have intersegmental traction, electric stimulation, therapeutic stretching and Biofreeze to help you get through the rough patch.
How much will it cost?
If you have insurance, first and foremost, we will check your benefits and we participate with all major insurance companies. Including Medicare and Medicaid programs. Typically a copay for a commercial insurance company ranges from $10-40. Deductibles are variable and thanks to ObamaCare are constantly going up over the years. We will work with you to help you on the financial side of things, we have a lot of creative ideas with the changing environment of insurance.
We are here to help you and provide care for every stage of your progress. We are always happy to have you as a patient even if it has been years since your last visit 🙂