Yes. Dr. Thomas Basile if in almost all insurance networks including Regence, Premera, Kaiser, Medicare, Cigna, Aetna, United Health Care, GEHA, the VA, Washington Labor and Industries, auto accident insurance, and others.
The best way is to contact our clinic and we will contact your insurance company for you. We know what questions to ask. We can then explain your coverage to you in terms that you will understand and make sense to you. You will know exactly what your financial responsibility will be for your treatment at our clinic.
Most Washington Apple Health plans (Medicaid) do not cover chiropractic care for adults.
No. A referral is not needed for commercial insurance plans to cover chiropractic care. A referral for coverage has not been needed for many years in Washington State. If there is a rare insurance plan that does require a referral, we have never encountered it. HOWEVER, a Veteran who wants to receive chiropractic care through the VA DOES REQUIRE a referral.
No. A referral is not required.
The answer to this question is not a straight forward of yes or no. In Washington State, if you are injured at work, you may see any primary care health provider to initiate your claim. Primary care health providers are chiropractors, medical doctors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, and physician assistants. The person who starts your claim is your primary care physician for your injury. That person must make referrals to other practitioners for there to be coverage. However, you may request a transfer of primary care physician with the completion of a simple form. If you are injured at work and want to receive chiropractic care for your injuries, the simplest way to accomplish that is to have your chiropractor initiate your worker's compensation claim.
No. Not most of the time. On rare occasions there might be some minor pain. Dr. Basile does his best to be as gentle, yet effective, as possible. Chiropractic adjustments usually feel good and help you to feel better.
The answer to this question has many points. The simplest and quickest answer is that chiropractic care accelerates the healing of injured spinal tissues and helps minimize the chances of long term ongoing problems from the car crash injuries.
Absolutely yes. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is not only very safe, it usually helps the woman to have a better, easier, pregnancy.
Spinal joints, just like other joints in the body like your fingers, elbow, shoulders, etc. are supposed to move. If your fingers or elbow stopped moving, you would be rightfully concerned. Your spinal joints can become restricted or reduced in normal motion. When this happens, the nervous system is affected negatively. When this happens a person can experience pain in their spine, muscles can become tight and out of balance. This leads to mechanical stress and strain on the spinal joints and tissues, inflammation of the spinal joints and tissues, and then pain.
A chiropractic spinal adjustment improves spinal joint motion which then improves nervous systems function, improves muscles function, loosens muscles, and consequently reduces mechanical stress and strain of the spinal joints and tissues, and then the inflammation and pain decreases. More can be explained, but this is a simple yet accurate explanation.
Four years of undergraduate college and 4 years of chiropractic school. So 8 years total.
Yes. Chiropractors are primary health care providers. Their credentials are "Doctor of Chiropractic". They receive the same education as a medical doctor. The same anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, etc. Where the education is different is that chiropractors don't prescribe medication, and therefore do not study pharmacology. This is by choice. Chiropractors want to remain a drug free, natural health care system. Chiropractors rather spend their time learning and practicing spinal adjustment and treatment techniques and other natural health care approaches like rehabilitation exercise and nutrition.
Yes. Chiropractic care is extremely safe. Once indication of that is how low our malpractice insurance is. Dr. Basile's malpractice insurance is only $2500 per year. A family physician's malpractice insurance starts at $4500 per year and an internists begins at $9200. An obstetrician's malpractice insurance ranges from $44,000 to $56,000 per year. So you can see that compared to other primary healthcare providers, chiropractic malpractice insurance is very low. Dr. Basile has been in practice for 37 years and has the experience to know when it is safe to perform a spinal adjustment on his patients and when to not perform a spinal adjustment.
Absolutely yes. As a matter of fact, Dr. Basile places a huge emphasis on teaching people to perform self care at home. The more a person helps themselves the better and faster they respond to chiropractic care. We look at our relationship with our patients as a partnership in your healthcare.
No. Some people may be able to make their joints "pop", but that's not a chiropractic spinal adjustment. The purpose of a chiropractic spinal adjustment is to improve spinal joint motion in spinal joints that have abnormal reduced motion and to improve nervous system function. When a chiropractor provides a spinal adjustment, the goal is to increase and improve the spinal joint motion. When some spinal joints don't move fully, others compensate and move more than normal. So when a person can "pop" their own spinal joints, it is usually that they are moving joints that already move too much. It will make them feel better temporarily, but it won't be permanent and they will feel the need to "pop' the joint again a few hours later. When we treat people to help their spinal problems, they usually can no longer "pop" their own spinal joints and they usually lose the urge to do so. This is because their spine is now healthier and moving better and does not cause them pain and pressure and stiffness like it was before treatment.