Frequently Asked Questions

 


Why Chose Advanced Spine Care & Wellness?

We can provide high quality care with consistent and predictable results in a single treatment session, with plenty of time to discuss your problem(s) and even establish a real personable relationship with your doctor without him trying to run out of the exam room. Only when this trusting relationship is established can real healing begin. Third Party (Insurance) regulates, manipulates and erodes this relationship for their own interests often to the detriment of both the patient and/or the doctor.


Why can’t I find you on my preferred provider list that my Insurance Company sends me?

Employer health insurance packages are just that: insurance driven. Since Advanced Spine Care & Wellness is not restrained by insurance rules and restrictions, you won’t find us on their insurance list.
Instead, why don’t you ask your employer to join a growing number of local businesses who are taking advantage of
Advanced Spine Care & Wellness’ Corporate Partners Program where employees can get a wellness visit each month and fantastic savings on work comp claims.


Why is treatment so affordable at Advanced Spine Care & Wellness?

Advanced Spine Care & Wellness is so affordable because staffing has been kept to a minimal and uses state of the art internet scheduling to save costs and allow patients to make and move their own appointments. Exposure to ionizing radiation is also kept to a minimal so imaging is performed only when medically needed; to that point: a recent study in the Journal Trauma demonstrates that X-rays done after blunt force traumas to the head failed to demonstrate spinal injury 48% of the time. (J Trauma. 2005 May;58(5):902-5. Computed tomography versus plain radiography to screen for cervical spine injury: a meta-analysis.)
This suggests other imaging or a more thorough physical examination may be more productive than X-rays alone.

Compare an acute neck injury chiropractic visit at Advanced Spine Care & Wellness with another chiropractor who “takes insurance”:                                                                                  

 

Advanced Spine Care & Wellness

Other Chiropractor

  Services Provided  Services Provided 
  Paperwork Can Be Completed Online Patient Paperwork completes as he waits
  Thorough Physical Exam Exam ($150.00)
  McKenzie Exam X-rays ($150.00)
  Adjustment IF Necessary Adjustment is ALWAYS Necessary ($50.00)
  Therapies by Doctor    Therapies by less trained assistant ($30.00)
  Home Exercise Instruction by Doctor Exercises by less trained assistant (35.00)
  All Patients posture/prevention instruction ---?
TOTAL CHARGE $35.00  $415.00
DEDUCTABLE DOESN’T APPLY $3,000+
YOUR OUT OF POCKET   $35.00 $415.00*

 

*This charge is only applicable IF the insurance company (who has never examined you) decides that the charges are MEDICALLY NECESSARY and may limit your access and/or frequency to care and what kind of care you can receive from this point forward. Otherwise, the charges may be more.


Will I need X-rays for my chiropractic treatment?

No, most patients don’t need X-rays prior to a chiropractic adjustment unless there has been serious trauma or there are clinical signs and symptoms to perform them. Less than 15% of patients need X-rays or other imaging at Advanced Spine Care & Wellness because each patient is thoroughly examined and training with the McKenzie.
Method and other orthopedic testing. This gives the clinical competence to treat most patients without advanced imaging.


What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.  DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints.  These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury.  The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.


How do I select a doctor of chiropractic?

One of the best ways to select a doctor of chiropractic (DC) is by getting a referral from a friend, family member, colleague, or another holistic health care provider. Sheboygan county massage therapists and Yoga Instructors are also an excellent source of referrals. 


Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

No, a referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC. Better yet, with skyrocketing deductibles and higher monthly premiums don’t even bother going through your insurance, you can pay Advanced Spine Care & Wellness directly using cash, check or charge/debit card.


Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.


Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.


Are chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals or use medical outpatient facilities?

Chiropractors are being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals and to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their non-hospitalized patients.  Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.


Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

 Yes, chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans’ medical facilities. .

In reality, with skyrocketing deductibles and higher monthly premiums many patients don’t even bother going through insurance because most patients are never going to reach their deductible. You are paying for most of your day to day healthcare now.


What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.   

The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.


Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.


In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment. 


Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary.  Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.


Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.  A recent study by orthopedic surgeons not only stated there were no adverse side effects from “cracking your knuckles” but also noted benefits that persisted after the joints were manipulated.