FAQ’s | Sports Chiropractic & Massage | Albuquerque & Santa Fe: You’ve got questions when it comes to finding an Alternative Healthcare Provider, and Dr. Smith will do his best to help you answer them. Answers to more common questions regarding Insurance, What to Expect on your First Visit, and even the parking situation. If you don’t see the answer to your particular question, please reach out!
Do You Accept Insurance ?
While Dr. Smith will be out of network for your insurance, we are more than happy to work with you to submit claims.
If you have insurance benefits, let’s try to make the most of them.
Do You Treat on the First Visit ?
Yes! That’s the whole point…
On the first visit hDr. Smit will do a detailed history, physical exam, treat the problem that brought you in, explain to you what likely caused it, and give you home stretches, exercises, etc.
Do You Accept Medicare ?
Unfortunately, no. Dr. Smith likes to spend significant chunks of time with each patient. The $18 that the federal gov. wants to pay for an adjustment just doesn’t cover that level of care.
If you are over 65 and want to be treated, you will need to sign an ABN (Advanced Beneficiary Notice). It is basically a piece of paperwork that spells out everything that Medicare doesn’t cover (i.e. anything but a single spinal adjustment and only if it is an acute injury).
Will I Need X-Rays or Imaging ?
That depends, but the knee-jerk response is no.
However, we reserve the right to request imaging if you have been in a significant accident, are not responding to care, have some sort of significant structural deformity that needs to be quantified (e.g. exactly how dramatic is your scoliosis or is there degeneration around it), have clinical indications suggesting that we should do imaging (e.g. you can’t stand on a really swollen and bruised ankle), or if you are involved in litigation and we need documentation (I tend to stay away from these…not chasing ambulances).
How Often Do I Need to Get Treated ?
That depends on what your problem is.
In general, we are very conservative. We would rather treat less and have you do a comprehensive home program.
If your body is under a lot of stress, you may need treatment more often. The better you manage the stress on your body, the less care you will require.
What Are Your Fees Based On ?
Everything is based on Time.
We are not interested in charging you for every individual service provided. We would rather do whatever is necessary to get you better and charge a fair rate than nickle and dime you for every random modality.
That being said, if billing insurance we can parse it out by modality.
What Services will be Provided?
That very much depends on what you need and what brings you in. Most patients receive a combination of therapies often including: chiropractic, massage, craniosacral, acupressure, and therapeutic instruction. Your current state and preferences will very much guide the decision making process. Please share!