Is Spinal Decompression Covered by Insurance?

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for almost 20 years now.  About 6 years ago we added nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 to the mix. The results have been outstanding.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

The DRX9000 is a machine that is designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated and bulging discs without surgery. Spinal decompression is now considered by many (including me) to be the gold standard for disc herniation treatment.

Many new herniated disc patients are surprised to learn that  spinal decompression is NOT covered by insurance. After-all…if it works so well why wont my insurance pay for it?

Well…we wish they did, that’s for sure…it would make everyone’s life easier. But it doesn’t…and here’s why. Spinal decompression has only been around for 7-8 years and is still considered experimental. There are no long term double blind studies to support the results that patients and spinal decompression doctors are reporting worldwide.

There has been very favorable preliminary research done by the Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins University, and Duke University (a joint effort). You can download the spinal decompression special report and read the results yourself.

The good news is that your insurance will most likely pay for exams, re-exams, exercises, and various other ancillary treatments that are part of the spinal decompression treatment process. This can be significant depending on your actual benefits.

I can tell you this though…The chronic back pain patients that are paying out of their pocket for treatment with the DRX9000 or one of the other fine decompression systems, are happy to do so. Most have tried many forms of back or neck pain treatment, with little to no relief.

Hey…life is short. And when you have severe back pain or sciatica, life can be miserable. When you live in pain it effects your earning potential, your immune system, your attitude, everything. The DRX9000 has the potential to give you your life back.

On average, spinal decompression is 20-24 visits, at a cost of $3000-$8000 depending on the area of the country, the severity of your condition, and what the program includes (laser, rehab, chiropractic, massage, nutrition).

If you are suffering with chronic back or neck pain and have been diagnosed with a bulging or herniated disc, you should consider spinal decompression…even though your insurance wont pay for all of it.

My spinal decompression doctors offer zero interest financing and easy payment plans…I know we do. It’s usually not money that prevents a disc patient from starting care.

Anyway…that’s my two cents, and of course my opinion is biased because I provide these services. But it’s my honest opinion…and I received many dozens of roses from happy spinal decompression patients…and that’s the truth.

To find out if you are a candidate for the DRX9000 at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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I am a chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District. I specialize in chronic back, neck and wrist pain using chiropractic, nutrition, deep tissue laser and spinal decompression. I have been practicing 21 years.


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About Eben Davis

I am a chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District. I specialize in chronic back, neck and wrist pain using chiropractic, nutrition, deep tissue laser and spinal decompression. I have been practicing 21 years.
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7 Responses to Is Spinal Decompression Covered by Insurance?

  1. Dr. Michael Pound says:

    One of my patients put it in perspective, he commented on how affordable his decompression treatment was…in comparison, he was paying almost twice the amount for his daughters braces, and he had dental insurance!

    • Bill says:

      I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Pound. Compared to all the other medical expenses incurred by myself and my family, this is nothing. Plus, how can you really put a price on pain relief?

  2. Dr. Amy Sanders says:

    Great informative article Doc! This is one of the most commonly asked questions at the clinic!

  3. Tanya says:

    Thanks for sharing the special report about spinal decompression.

    Yes, spinal decompression treatment it is an expensive proposition, but expense is relative. When you are hurting, money really doesn’t matter. It is awesome that you provide your patients with a payment plan. That helps tremendously!!

  4. Fred Sanchez says:

    That sux that insurance doesn’t want to cover spinal decompression. I have a feeling they enjoy characterizing it as “experimental.” I’d be interested to learn more about the ez financing options available. I have a credit line with CARE. Is this one of the programs your office accepts? However, if the cost was near the upper side of that range ($8000), I would need a supplemental program as well. Thanks for the informative article. When my back “goes out” it does indeed ruin my day and I could use some relief!

  5. Ronna says:

    I would like to say thank you very much for your work you have made in writing this blog post. I am hoping the same effective work by you later on too.

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