Is Chiropractic Cost Effective?
A common question people ask when considering Greenville chiropractic care is what does chiropractic cost? The question comes about because the costs of most health care have become a great concern. Not too long ago, a visit to the family doctor was a cost which was affordable. I can remember a time when the doctor still made house calls, and my parents (who were by no means wealthy) were able to pay for the visit without filling out insurance forms, or worrying about maxing out a credit card. The free market system has all but disappeared in healthcare, and we are all experiencing the effects of its demise. An unexpected need to visit the doctor in the modern era of Obamacare can cause us to spend money; lots of it. The convenient Greenville Health Systems’ MD360 offices expect a minimum office visit “deposit” of $100.00 if you are a “self-pay” patient.
This is cash which may have been earmarked for something else like food, electric bills, or other necessary living expenses. Oftentimes, taking care of something like back pain can get set aside until you have “just a bit more cash” to pay for the doctor visit. To make matters worse, most back pain is structural or mechanical back pain, which rarely responds to the initial medical treatment protocols of medications for pain and inflammation. The good news is that you don’t have to wait any longer to get help.
What Does Research Show?
A recent study by researcher Alexander Tsertsvadze, M.D. and a team of medical professionals published in the prestigious Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics concluded that chiropractic care is one of the most cost-effective options when compared to other types of medical intervention. The chiropractic cost comparison was made between “manual therapy” which is a mainstay of chiropractic physicians and other treatments for back pain by general practitioners. Other studies about chiropractic cost have come to similar conclusions. Chiropractic care is the clear winner.
What does this mean for you?
These studies confirm what many patients already know. If you want relief from neck pain, back pain, or shoulder pain, seeing a chiropractor instead of a general practitioner can result in health care savings. The chiropractic cost comparison between medicine and conservative chiropractic care will save you money. This means that there is more cash in your wallet for necessities. When considering chiropractic, be sure to ask whether the chiropractor uses “best practices” or is “evidence based” in their approach. This simple question reveals whether the chiropractor will be keeping up to date with the most modern research relating to spine care. At this time of the year, putting off care is a great temptation. Waiting to treat back pain can often result in pain and disability worsening. Oh, and what can you expect when you arrive at our office? Well, we sure won’t ask for a $100 deposit before you see me. If you are just seeking information or would like to get a “feel” for what we are all about, the first consultation visit doesn’t cost anything. We’ll sit down together and have a chat about your concerns and our approach. If you do decide to begin care, our first examination visit is all about investigating your condition and symptoms to find out if we are a good fit for your needs, and I’ll offer some sort of first aid care to help with your immediate pain. Fees will vary depending upon insurance participation, but as an example, with Blue Cross/Blue Shield your initial examination will only range between $48-$58. Don’t wait any longer, help is as close as your phone!
Eastside Chiropractic PA (Chiropractor in Greenville SC)
3014 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors SC 29687
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