There is no chiropractor shortage in Livonia, Michigan. The last count I had was approximately 30 chiropractic offices in Livonia alone, many of those boasting several physicians within the same office. These numbers don’t even consider the increasing numbers if we venture one city over. Plymouth, Northville, Farmington, and Westland all also have large populations of chiropractors.
With all of these options, you must be asking the right questions when finding your next chiropractor. We came up with a list of 5 essential items you need to ask your chiropractor in Livonia before you become a patient.
Do you allow same-day appointments?
Life is busy. Sometimes you tweak your back and need to be seen immediately. Some specialists’ appointments can take weeks to get into their office. Some chiropractors can see you within a few days.
Our office knows your time is important. This is why strive to get you your desired appointment slot within the hour. While in office, we prioritize patients who have made appointments in advance but will also see same-day patients who need to be seen.
Do you take x-rays?
Someone once said: “To not see is to not know, and to not know is to guess.” We don’t guess about your health. Some underlying pathologies or spinal formations can be discovered on an x-ray that would otherwise be missed. X-rays may also provide the doctor with conviction when they are performing an adjustment. This decisiveness comes from being able to SEE the bones and understand the best direction of force when trying to correct the problem.
At Life in Motion Chiropractic, we utilize state-of-the-art digital x-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to get a clear image of the spine, precise and accurate spinal measurements, and ease in exporting the file if patients need a copy. These allow us to provide expert-level care in the spine.
Do you accept my health insurance?
We understand that health insurance can be a nightmare. You pay increasingly high premiums each month for coverage, only to find yourself at an office that doesn’t even accept your carrier. You end up paying out of pocket for the services.
Our doctor kept this in mind when enrolling with various health insurance. This is why we accept most of the major health insurance carriers in the Metro Detroit region. Currently, we accept:
- United Healthcare
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
Do you “participate” with my insurance?
Participating, or “par,” and not participating, or “non-par,” are two critical distinctions that warrant attention when looking for a chiropractor in Livonia.
A participating provider means that the provider not only accepts your insurance, but they will also handle the billing and paperwork associated with using health insurance. They will look up your estimated benefits, determine your copay and coverage, collect the payment due, then bill the insurance company, and wait to be reimbursed by the covered services.
A non-par provider means that while the provider is in-network with the insurance company, they collect in full from the patient the amount that is due at the time of service. It is then on the patient to contact his/her insurance company, send the documentation over regarding what services were performed, and then wait for the insurance company to reimburse them.
The delineation between the two is quite apparent – a par provider makes the patient’s job easier while a non-par provider shifts a lot of the billing paperwork onto the patient. Our office wants our patient’s lives to be more comfortable, and that is why we’re participating providers with all of the insurances we accept. We take the burden of filing claims and waiting for reimbursement so patients can live happy and stress-free.
What type of services do you offer?
Proper incorporation of therapies is vital for patients to feel better. Research consistently documents a chiropractic adjustment as having significant health benefits for patients with back pain.1 However, studies also show that the incorporation of rehabilitative exercises WITH chiropractic care yields even better results.2
We know that every patient walking through the door has different goals. One person may want to compete in an Iron Man competition while another just wants to be able to pick up their grandson. This variety of purposes is why our office customizes care to meet the exact needs of every patient we treat.
Our doctor builds a short, concise, and affordable treatment plan that targets both the pain itself as well as the underlying cause of the pain. We combine any of the following therapies to help our patients find relief from their back pain:
- Light chiropractic adjustments
- Muscle and soft tissue work
- Corrective rehabilitative exercise
- Take-home stretches
- Massage therapy
- Intersegmental traction therapy
- Schneider et al. Comparison in spinal manipulation methods and usual medical care for acute and subacute low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Spine 2015 Feb 15;40(4):209-17.
- Evans, et al. “Two-year follow-up of a randomized clinical trial of spinal manipulation and two types of exercise for patients with chronic neck pain.” Spine. 2002;17(21):2383-9.