Chiropractic Care

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Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is the hands on assessment and treatment of muscle, joint, and nerve issues. The goal of chiropractic care is to address the physical cause of a person’s pain, discomfort, and dysfunction.

“A physical problem requires a physical solution.”

Often when a person experiences pain, the remedy is either an over the counter or prescription pain medication and anti-inflammatory. This may be fine for short term relief, but what is the cause of the pain? If it’s purely chemical, or anti-inflammatory, then perhaps the medication is the best intervention and will address the underlying cause. However, in most cases there is an underlying physical issue that should be addressed.

It’s like having a pebble stuck in the shoe. It hurts and causes irritation. One could take an aspirin and it might feel a little better, but wouldn’t it be best to take the shoe off and remove the pebble?

What to expect from our chiropractic care program

Examination

All new patients and established patients returning with new issues will receive an examination to investigate the cause of their complaints. This includes a health history and history of the current complaint. A physical examination and assessment of the problem are helps to determine the appropriate intervention. Diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, MRI, and CT scans, and blood and other laboratory testing may be ordered if deemed necessary, but in most cases this is not required.

Chiropractors are trained as portal of entry providers and are able to fully assess and determine if a person’s condition is appropriate for chiropractic care of if a referral to the family physician or other medical specialist is appropriate. A referral is not necessary.

Treatment Methods

There are a variety of treatment methods available in our practice. Spinal manipulation AKA chiropractic adjustments is ONE option available. If this type of treatment is not appropriate for a person’s condition, then other options such as manual therapy, massage, therapy, mobilizations, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and exercise therapy may be used. Additionally, activity and lifestyle modifications can be suggested in order to reduce the factors that may be contributing to the problem.

Conditions

We see people with a variety of issues that can be helped with chiropractic are. The following is a list of examples and is not all inclusive:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Mid and low back pain
  • Disc bulges/protrusions
  • Sciatica/leg pain radiating from the low back
  • Golfer’s and Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Hip and Shoulder bursitis
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • IT band pain
  • Runner’s knee
  • Plantar fasciitis

Cost of Care

It is difficult to provide a specific cost due to a variety of factors, but this will attempt to provide an estimate of what can be expected.

  • No insurance – For those without insurance, cost will depend on the complexity of the case and procedures performed in the office.  The first visit will cost more due to the initial intake and examination process in addition to treatment.  This cost is usually between $90 and $150. Follow up visits are usually between $40 and $60.
  • Highmark or out of area Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plan – We are participating providers and cost will follow your plan’s deductible and copays. Call 570-366-2613 with your information and we can provide an estimate of your cost per visit.
  • Capital Blue Cross and other insurance plans – We are not in network, HOWEVER, check your plans deductibles and copays.  We find that for many plans, our cash fees are comparable to the copays of these plans.  Also, if you have a high deductible that hasn’t been met, no matter where you go for care, payments will be out of pocket.  For those that still wish to use their insurance, Dr. Rottet works out of our office and is in network for most plans.  Ask for him by name when scheduling.
  • Automobile accident and worker’s compensation – We participate in these programs and with verified coverage, there is no out of pocket expenses.
  • We accept cash, check, and most major credit cards.
  • Regardless of being in or out of network, you are able to use your Health Saving Account (HSA) card to pay for services.  We can provide receipts and other information required by your plan.