Medicare and Chiropractic Care

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Millions of people in the U.S. visit the chiropractor every year. Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive solution for treating chronic back and neck pain or other issues relating to musculoskeletal alignment. This treatment involves manual manipulation of the spine to bring it back into alignment. Medicare Part B may be able to help you cover some of the expenses of chiropractic care.


Chiropractic is a common treatment for pain experienced in the back, neck, arms, and legs. This treatment offers effective pain reduction and lowers your chance of being prescribed an opioid pain reliever by as much as 64%. People tend to see greater results when they combine their treatment with exercise or physical therapy. Many doctors recommend chiropractic treatment as a complement to traditional treatments. Aside from pain relief, chiropractic also comes with many other benefits that may improve your overall health. It may help to increase your joint mobility and contractibility of your muscles. Other benefits include improved organ function and immune system function.


A chiropractor performs manipulations of the spine to correct whatever alignment issues you may be experiencing. To perform the treatment, you may be positioned across a chiropractic table while the doctor applies sudden controlled force to a particular joint. This pressure will cause the joint to move and sometimes may be accompanied by a cracking sound. After the treatment, you may feel stiffness or soreness for the following few days.


If you are needing help covering chiropractic care, Medicare may be able to help. Medicare Part B offers limited coverage for medically necessary chiropractic care. Treatment is considered medically necessary when a patient is suffering from a subluxation. Subluxations occur when a bone in the spine moves out of alignment and oftentimes causes pain in doing so. A qualified provider must provide the care in order to receive coverage. You will only pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount and your Part B deductible will also apply. Medicare will not cover any test ordered by your chiropractor. It also will not cover the costs of X-rays or massage therapy.


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