Do you visit the chiropractor on a regular basis? Whether you’re new to this form of alternative medicine, have been receiving adjustments for some time, or are contemplating getting chiropractic care, you’ve likely had questions about the cost involved. Is chiropractic care cost-effective? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I using medications to manage my pain relief?
Consider where your money towards pain relief is going. Do you find yourself purchasing IB Profen or going to the doctor and paying a copay just to get a muscle relaxer or pain killer? Chiropractic care is a drug-free approach to pain management, so you don’t have to worry about additional costs, unwanted side effects, or addiction.
In a consumer survey of over 45,000 people, chiropractic care “outperformed all other back pain treatments,” including massage, pilates, yoga, and both prescription and over-the-counter medication. That’s incredible! We’re proud to say that at Frederick Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we provide both prevention-focused wellness services as well as care for chronic conditions to help with your pain so you don’t have to rely on medication.
- Do I want to continue suffering from back pain?
Did you know low back pain is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and around the world? If you battle back pain, you might feel resigned to a future with a limited quality of life. You can’t do much when you’re in pain, which affects not only you but also those around you — family members, friends, even co-workers.
According to an article on lower back pain by the American Chiropractic Association, “the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality) recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.”
- Am I prepared to pay for surgery, and the hidden costs that come with it?
Choosing a conservative approach to reducing pain might just keep you out of the operating room. The cost of surgery alone can range from $15,000 to $100,000! But the shocking price tag of back surgery isn’t the only thing you’ll need to prepare for. Hidden costs of surgery include:
- Pre-op and post-op doctor visits
- Time off work
- Paying for a caregiver (or needing a family member to take off from their job)
- Prescriptions for pain management (which come with risks and side effects)
- Cost of rehabilitation
While surgery might seem like a straightforward way to improve your quality of life, it’s rarely that simple. A sobering study showed that 1 in 5 recipients of spinal surgery ended up back in the hospital within only 30 days of their surgery. Plus, in addition to the costs, you’re also looking at more radiation exposure (versus infrequent imaging performed by a chiropractor) and a long road towards recovery.
Your physical body isn’t the only thing affected — surgery also takes a toll on mental health. A study that evaluated over one million people who have undergone various surgeries found that, “Patients who undergo spinal surgery have a higher risk for postoperative depression than patients treated for other surgical or medical conditions known to be associated with depression.”
- Will my health insurance cover chiropractic care?
If you have health insurance, you may receive coverage for some, if not all, of your chiropractic care. (Many plans allow for 20+ visits to the chiropractor a year!) Read your health insurance policy carefully to understand what coverage you’ll receive, because providers typically cover habilitative and rehabilitative visits, and don’t necessarily cover maintenance care visits. You may need a referral from a physician in order to receive coverage, and you might be required to use an in-network chiropractor. (Here are some great questions to ask your health insurance provider in order to get a complete view of what services they will and won’t cover.)
If you’re paying out of pocket, you might spend between $50-65 per visit. However, even if you paid cash and visited a chiropractor three times a month for a year, you’re looking at a bottom line that is significantly more affordable than surgery!
A study on the cost of spine conditions shows that regular chiropractic care reduces money spent on spine-related care for older adults. Another study, comparing chiropractic care to physical therapy, found that patients who treated by chiropractors are more satisfied than those who are treated by orthopedic surgeons, and they spent less money overall on receiving services.
It’s clear that chiropractic care can help you monetarily and your quality of life which is invaluable! We are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about our services and the costs involved. We provide each patient with a treatment plan that is specific to their needs and health goals. It is our pleasure to serve you!