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A Guide To Chiropractic Fees


Chiropractic fees vary by the type of service performed, and by the time involved. An initial history and consultation will generally cost more, because the chiropractor needs to spend more time with the patient. If the practitioner orders any imaging or other medical tests, that will add to the chiropractic fees.

Health insurance companies vary in the way they treat chiropractic fees. Some will reimburse the patient for 100 percent of the costs, while others will pay only a percentage. A few insurers will not pay anything for chiropractic care, but this is unusual these days. There was a time when chiropractic was not considered a valid form of healthcare, and insurers would not pay for it, but this has changed with the acceptance of more types of “alternative” medicine.

Here are some standard fees for chiropractic services. They may vary from one practice to another, so treat them as a benchmark only.

Chiropractic fees

  • Initial consultation: $60 - $185
  • Follow up office visit: $30 - $45
  • After-hours (emergency) office visit: $50 -$75
  • House calls: $100
  • Spinal adjustment: $30 - $60
  • Spinal x-rays: $60 - $125 per set
  • Therapeutic massage: $20 for 15 minutes, up to $60-$75 for one hour
  • Ultrasound therapy: $20 for one area
  • Cold laser treatment: $25
  • Progress scan, to see how the patient is responding to treatment: $50
  • Roller table session: $20

As you can see, chiropractic fees can vary a lot. Many chiropractors these days are qualified in several disciplines, like naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, etc., which means they can offer a wide range of services. It’s important to get a clear idea upfront of what your chiropractor charges for each service that he or she offers, before you start a treatment program. Also, of course, you need to be familiar with your health insurance policy, to know if your insurer will pay some or all of your chiropractic fees. In addition, you should stay abreast of your insurer’s requirements about referrals, patient eligibility, and what paperwork needs to be submitted. If you belong to an HMO plan, you will need to use a chiropractor who is on the plan’s list of approved practitioners.

If your insurance company turns you down, don’t despair. You may still get approved for coverage if your medical doctor states that you need chiropractic care. Keep contacting your insurer to see if there are any alternative solutions available. Some chiropractors may offer financing plans to help you handle the fees.

It’s important to always get an estimate from the chiropractor of what the treatment program will involve and how long it will last, so that you know exactly how much the chiropractor fees will be.

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