The 4 Most Frequently Asked New Patient Questions

Dr. Chris McNeil

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Ferndale: Call (248) 291-6873

East Detroit: Call (313) 884-5477

Macomb Township: Call (586) 566-2273

The 4 most important new patient questions when visiting Metro Detroit Chiropractic Offices are:

  1. What is my problem?

  2. Can you help?

  3. How long before I will feel better?

  4. How much will treatment cost?

1. What Is My Problem: On your first visit we will address all four of these questions to the best of our ability. After a consultation and examination we will know to the degree what the problem. If we find your problem is not one in which chiropractic can help we will refer you to the proper specialist and we work with many in the Detroit community.

2. Can We Help: At the end of the consultation and examination we will have a pretty good idea of what the problem is and if chiropractic care can help. If this is the case we will share with you all our findings and all treatment options prior to initiating care.

3. How Long Before I Will Feel Better: If we find you have a condition chiropractic can help we will start the process of relieving your pain. The appropriate therapy will be dependent on your condition. Rest assured we will start the process of getting you pain free as quickly as possible.

4. How Much Will It Cost: Prior to any treatment our staff will discuses all possible cost issues. If you have health insurance our staff will verity your chiropractic benefits and share your chiropractic coverage.

We understand that if you have never been to a chiropractor you may be even more apprehensive with additional questions. You can be assured we will share with you all relevant information to ease your concerns.

Cost and Insurance FAQ:

The most common chiropractic cost and financial questions we receive from new patients are:

  1. Are you on my insurance plan?
  2. What does the treatment cost?
  3. What does my insurance cover?

1. Are We On Your Insurance Plan: Metro Detroit Chiropractic Offices does accept most insurance coverages offered in the Detroit community.

2. What Does The Treatment Cost: There are several financial categories for patients. Major medical health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal injury insurance such as auto accident injuries, Workers compensation injuries and Cash patients.

  • Health Insurance: Payment with insurance will depend on that particular policy co-pay or deductible and they all vary.
  • Medicare: Medicare and Medicaid insurance covers chiropractic care with limited benefits. However the co-pay and deductibles are relatively low.
  • Personal Injury Insurance: Personal injury insurance for the most part covers chiropractic care with little to no patient out of pocket expense.
  • Cash: Cash patients can receive a time of service discount, payment plans and discount plans.

3. What Does My Insurance Cover: Your chiropractic care benefits will be verified upon your first visit. All polices vary and would have to be individually verified. Our staff is can verified your chiropractic coverage in one brief phone call.

How Soon Can You Be Seen?

Chances are today! At our Metro Detroit Chiropractic Offices we keep two time periods open daily for new patients who need to be seen immediately. Worst case scenario we can get you in the next day.

  • Macomb Township Call: (586) 566-2273

  • Ferndale Chiropractors Call: (248) 291-6873

  • East Detroit Phone: Call: (313) 884-5477

Conditions Which Respond To Chiropractic Treatment:

Back Pain, Neck Pain, Tension Headaches, Stress Headaches, Migraines, Disc Bulge and Disc Herniation, Pinched Nerves, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Bursitis, Tendinitis, Muscle Pain, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Frozen Shoulder, Auto Injuries including Whiplash Injury,Tingling or Numbness in Arms or Legs, TMJ Pain, Chronic Pain Conditions.

Metro Detroit Chiropractic Treatment Options:

All treatments are based on the physiological facts of the three phases of healing:

  1. The Inflammation Phase,
  2. The Repair Phase,
  3. The Remodel Phase.

The chiropractic treatment or therapy recommended would depend on your phase of healing and any complicating factors.

Goal of Each Phase of Healing:

1. Inflammation Phase: Reduce pain and control inflammation

2. Repair Phase: Improve motion and functional capacity. The treatment protocol for this phase of care is working with the 3 joint ranges of motion, restore full and normal range of motion pain free, stretch muscles, tendons and ligaments, stimulated nerves to full functional capacity.

3. Remodel Phase: Stabilize the injured or damage area by increasing strength and elasticity. This phase of care uses treatment protocols such as active motion and resistive exercises.

Treatment Options:

Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation: Perform chiropractic adjustments by hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine, moving it beyond its passive range of motion. The amount of force applied depends on the form of chiropractic adjustment used. The goal of the treatment is to relieve pain, increase physical functioning and maximize your body’s healing potential.

Massage Therapy: Massage is the working of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being.

Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.

Electrical Nerve and Muscle Stimulation: Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an internationally accepted and proven way of treating muscular injuries. It works by sending electronic pulses to the muscle needing treatment; this causes the muscle to exercise passively. What are benefits of EMS (Electronic Muscle Stimulation):

  • Relaxation of muscle spasms
  • Prevention or retardation of disuse atrophy
  • Increasing local blood circulation
  • Muscle re-education
  • Maintaining or increasing range of motion

Cold Laser Therapy: The cold laser produces an impulse of light at a specific wavelength (usually 800 to 900nm) that maximized absorption of the the energy (in photons) at a desire depth.

Some conditions like joint pain require a deep penetration (4-5 inches) that can only be achieved using a powerful laser emitter. General Therapeutic Laser Biological Effects:

  • Increased Cell Growth: Laser photons accelerates cellular reproduction and growth.
  • Increased Metabolic Activity: Photons initiate a higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells and thus greater production of the basic food source for cells, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP).
  • Faster Wound Healing: Cold laser photons stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue
  • Anti-Inflammatory Action: Laser photons reduce swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints resulting in enhanced joint mobility.
  • Increased Vascular Activity: Laser photons induce temporary vasodilation that increases blood flow to effected areas.
  • Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation:Laser photons reduce the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from: cuts, scratches, burns or post surgery.
  • Stimulated Nerve Function: Laser photon exposure speeds the process of nerve cell reconnect ion to bring the numb areas back to life.
  • Pain Reduction: Almost all systems have a mode of operation specifically designed to reduce pain.

Ultrasound Deep Heat Therapy: Ultrasound equipment generates high-frequency sound waves that are transferred into the injured tissue using a transducer hand help probe. The sound waves travel deep into tissue (e.g. muscles), creating a deep penetrating heat.

As the probe glides over the skin’s surface, sound waves penetrate the skin’s surface causing soft tissues to vibrate, creating heat. In turn, the heat induces vasodilation: drawing blood into the target tissues. Increased blood flow delivers needed oxygen and nutrients, and removes cell wastes.

The heat helps relieve pain and inflammation, reduce muscle spasms, and accelerate healing. Depending on the treatment area, range of motion may be increased.

MicroCurrent Therapy: MicroCurrent impulses trigger a chemical reaction at a cellular level to increase the effectiveness of how our bodies use ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a protein that is referred to as ‘the energy of life’.

MicroCurrent mimics the electrical signals from the brain to the message center of the muscle, which is the tendon, the MicroCurrent stimulates the tendon thus aiding in strengthening the muscles.

The FDA has approved Micro Current therapy for the following conditions:

  • To increase local blood flow and circulation
  • To increase range of motion
  • To decrease muscular spasm
  • For neuro-muscular reeducation
  • To prevent or retard muscular tissue atrophy

Spinal Decompression Therapy: Designed for anyone suffering from back pain, sciatica, leg pain, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, bulging disc, tingling, numbness, arm pain, neck pain, and some patients with spinal stenosis and failed low back syndrome.

The American Spinal Decompression Association brings together patients and leading specialists in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression all across the country. Spinal Decompression Therapy has saved thousands of men and women from back pain without surgery.

Intersegmental Traction: It is a way of inducing passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints and increasing spinal mobility.

Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration. Intersegmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.

Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation is an important part of helping patients get the most possible benefit in the third phase of healing or remodel phase. Essentially, rehabilitation (physical medicine using active and resistive exercise) can help patients recover from physical injuries as quickly and completely as possible. It can be thought of as alignment and balance for your body.

Office Hours:

  • Monday: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

  • Tuesday: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

  • Wednesday: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

  • Thursday: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 300pm – 6:00pm

  • Friday: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm

  • Saturday: 9:00am-12:00pm

  • Closed Sunday

Office Locations:

Ferndale Chiropractic Call: (248) 291-6873

1200 W. 9 Mile Road

Ferndale, MI 48220:

East Detroit Chiropractic: Call (313) 884-5477

10575 Morang Drive

Detroit, MI 48224

Macomb Township Chiropractic: Call: (586) 566-2273

48866 Hayes Road

Macomb, MI 48044

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