Chiropractic FAQs - Reppert Chiropractic Emmaus

I don't understand my insurance. Can you help? I don't understand my insurance. Can you help?

When booking your appointment, we can also verify your insurance electronically. We'll need your name, date of birth, and insurance card information. If you have a co-pay, you will need to pay that at the time of service. Note, many insurances consider chiropractors specialists, so your specialist copay is a likely daily fee. If you have co-insurance, your insurance pays a percentage. As for deductibles, your insurance doesn't always "kick in" until your deductible is satisfied. Know your plan to avoid surprises!

What if your services are not covered? What if your services are not covered?

Some procedures offered by Reppert Chiropractic are not covered by insurance. In those cases, you'd be responsible for that charge out of pocket. Examples are Graston Technique.

What if I run out of visits? What if I run out of visits?

In many cases, your insurance company will tell you that you get 20 visits per year, but will cut you off at 5 treatments. In that case, you can be sure we will fight for your right to healthcare. However, we need to work together on this! Make sure you follow your home-care plan carefully to ensure you improve faster and to keep the insurance company happy!

Do I need to come forever? Do I need to come forever?

That's your choice! The short answer is no. My goal is to get you fixed ASAP so you can get back to life and doing what you love! However, many athletes come in when they "feel off", and others come in to get checked or to work on nagging old injuries!

What will a normal case cost? What will a normal case cost?

Generally, it'll cost your co-pay times the number of visits. If you have a $40 copay, you'll likely pay about $240-320 per pain episode. I generally get patients better around the 6-8 visit mark. But, it all depends on your insurance. If your insurance has you pay multiple co-pays, or doesn't cover certain procedures, that number will change. However, if that is the case, I'll be sure to make sure your get your money's worth! Note: My cash rate is $35/ visit.

What conditions do you treat? What conditions do you treat?

Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain and everything in between! Disc problems, spinal stenosis, and any stiffness and/or weakness you can think of has come through my office. Of course, they all need an accurate diagnosis.

What if I have no pain!? What if I have no pain!?

My cash rate is $35/ visit. For services that are not considered medically necessary (prevention, or performance chiropractic) you can pay the $35 flat rate. You'd be surprised how many people do this! And, many people say they've never felt better. That's why they keep coming back. Not to "survive", but to "thrive"!

What services do you offer? What services do you offer?

Examination/diagnosis: with new patients/ patients who haven't been in a while/ current patients who have a new problem, we will book extra time for an examination to find the cause of your problem. I do not treat problems without an examination. That is negligent, and below the standard of care I provide. Spinal manipulation/adjustments: what most people think chiropractors do; an readjustment restores range of motion to a joint using a specifically placed and angled impulse or thrust. Soft tissue manipulation: Graston technique, active release technique, trigger point therapy, etc. all fall under this category. If you have knots of tissue or what most people think of as adhesions, we can specifically target these tissues to desensitize them to pain, and allow them to stretch/ move properly. Rehabilitation/corrective exercise: this is the capstone of your pain relief program. Exercises will help stabilize the area, ensure muscles and tissues lengthen and contract properly, and add strength to an area to protect it from future injury. Skipping this generally leads to a recurrence of the problem.

What do chiropractors do? What do chiropractors do?

The most important thing chiropractors do is diagnose. Many people forget about the decision-making process before the treatment, and only focus on the treatment. If you go in expecting to get your back cracked, you're probably going to want your back cracked. But, we need to change the way we think about things and understand that there are different tools for different problems. This is why the diagnosis is so important. If a joint feels stiff and/or painful, we need to figure out why. If a muscle is tight, we might try to help you loosen up. If a muscle is weak, we will try to strengthen it. If a muscle seems too short, we would stretch it to lengthen it over time. You can see that we require different approaches for different problems, and it all comes back to the diagnosis!

What is performance chiropractic? What is performance chiropractic?

Performance chiropractic uses the adjustment's unique ability to temporarily restore range of motion in a joint. Here's the big idea: adjust before practice or before training, and your training session will be improved since you won't have decreased range of motion, pain, etc. This is also used before rehabilitation in pain cases, but for sports performance, it just makes sense to ensure your joints have the correct range of motion BEFORE your practice. Most people come in after practice or after a workout to feel better and that makes sense as well, but doesn't it make more sense to do it before-hand to get a better workout?

What is Graston Technique? What is Graston Technique?

Graston technique falls under the umbrella of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). The stainless steel instruments compress tissues, improve blood flow, and can aid in the healing process. Adding stress with exercise will promote healing along the stress lines needed to strengthen the area.

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