FAQs about Reppert Chiropractic - Emmaus
When booking your appointment, we can also verify your insurance electronically. We'll need you name, date of birth, and insurance card information. If you have a copay, 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 coinsurance, your insurance pays a percentage. As for deductibles, your insurance doesn't always "kick in" until your deductible is satisfied.
What if it's 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?
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 homecare plan carefully to ensure you improve faster!
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 it cost?
Generally, it'll cost your copay times 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 copays, or doesn't cover certain procedures, that number will change. My cash rate is $50/ visit.
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. I do not treat problems without an examination. That is negligent, and below the standard of care I provide.
What if I have no pain?!
My cash rate is $50/ visit. For services that are not considered medically necessary (prevention, or performance chiropractic) you can pay the $50 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 do chiropractors do?
The most important thing chiropractors do is diagnose your problem. 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 only going to get your back cracked. We need to change the way we think about things and understand that there are different tools for different problems. Don't settle for sub-par healthcare! If a joint feel 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. This is why the diagnosis is so important. You can see that we require different approaches for different problems, though in many cases we may use a similar approach.
What services do you offer?
Examination/diagnosis: with new patients, patients who haven't been in a while, or patients who have a new problem, we will book extra time for an examination to find the cause of your problem. Spinal manipulation/adjustments: what most people think chiropractors do, the adjustment 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 and 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 is performance chiropractic?
Performance chiropractic uses the adjustments unique ability to temporarily restore range of motion in a joint. The idea is if we are just before practice or before training, your training session will be improved since you won't have decreased range of motion, pain etc. This is also used before rehabilitation and 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 make more sense to do it before hand to get a better workout?
What is GRASTON technique?
Graston technique falls under the umbrella of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. 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.