A: When you come to our office, we will ask you to fill out a patient history form. The doctor will use this form during your complementary consultation in order to determine if chiropractic care is appropriate for your specific condition.
After the complementary consultation, if the doctor believes chiropractic care is the best course of action for your condition, we will do a set of X-rays and an examination in order to pinpoint what specific treatment will address your needs. After the X-rays and examination, the doctor will perform a spinal adjustment that is tailored to your specific needs.
Q: How long does the first visit take?
A: The initial visit length can vary, but we typically tell patients to plant to spend around an hour in our office for the first visit. This gives us time to do a proper consultation, X-ray, examination, spinal adjustment, and answer any questions you may have.
Q: Will I feel better right away?
A: The majority of patients experience some form of relief after the first visit. It is not unusual, however, for a patient to have 2-3 treatments before their pain subsides. Occasionally, patients might feel worse before they feel better. We always encourage patients to communicate any questions or concerns with us regarding their care.
Q: How long will it take to feel better?
A: Sometimes a patient only needs 2-3 spinal adjustments. However, If a patient has a symptom that has been developing over a length of time, it will likely take a series of care in order to correct the situation. On the second visit, the doctor will present a report of findings to the patient. Essentially, this is when the doctor discusses what he found after fully analyzing the X-rays. Based off what he finds, combined with the initial examination results, the doctor will recommend a treatment plan tailored to the patient's case. The patient always gets to choose if they wish to follow the recommended treatment plan.
Q:How much will it cost me?
A: Each patient's situation is unique, and as a result treatment plans vary. While we can't tell you how much care you will need without examining your specific case, we can tell you what treatments generally cost. The initial visit (which includes a consultation, X-ray, examination, and spinal adjustment) usually costs $162-$179. Future visits typically cost between $42-$59.
If you have insurance, your cost could be significantly less. We have contracts with Regence BlueShield of Idaho, as well as BlueCross of Idaho. This means that, even if you are meeting your deductible, they will write off a portion of the bill, which will save you a few dollars per visit.
Q: How do I know if my insurance covers chiropractic?
A: If you are not sure what your chiropractic benefits are, you can call your insurance company (there should be a phone number on the back of your insurance card) and tell them where you are going. They should be able to help you figure out what your coverage is. Additionally, we always copy the patient's insurance card on the first visit, and double check chiropractic benefits for you.
Q: I have Idaho Medicaid, is chiropractic care covered?
A: Idaho Medicaid will pay 100% if the first six adjustments in a calendar year. It is important to note that they do not pay for the initial X-ray/exam ($120). We require a patient have an X-ray and exam before the first adjustment in order to provide safe, high quality care.
Q: I have Medicare, is chiropractic care covered?
A: You will pay for the care at the time of service, and Medicare will reimburse you for a portion of your adjustment. Additionally, Medicare will bill any supplemental insurance you may have.
Q: I'm pregnant, is it safe for me to have chiropractic care?
A: Absolutely! In fact, studies show that regular adjustments during pregnancy can help the birthing process. No X-rays will be taken during your pregnancy.