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Chiropractic Claims: Chiropractic Care vs. Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy When a patient experiences a bodily injury or physical trauma that requires treatment, they may see a chiropractor and a physical therapist. Apex EDI is familiar with both types of claims. Chiropractors routinely diagnose and treat mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Physical therapists help restore physical mobility and functioning.

Common chiropractic claims include the diagnosis of medical conditions related to joint pain. Patients often receive a chiropractic adjustment, electrical stimulation, acupuncture or pain management therapy. Sometime a chiropractor will make a referral to a specialty provider to treat ongoing traumatic conditions.  

There are at least twenty different types of techniques used by chiropractors. They include manipulation of the spine and other joints. Chiropractors can usually offer advice related to exercise, nutrition, stress-relief, relaxation, and disease prevention.

chiropractricIn some states a chiropractor may perform minor surgery. They are clinicians who are experts at conservative treatments within their scope of practice. In some states they are considered health care providers. However, they are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medicine.

Physical therapists diagnose musculoskeletal movement. Claims often include techniques such as joint manipulation, gait training, muscle coordination, massage, and cardiovascular rehabilitation. They also have the training to recognize medical conditions and refer patients to specialists as needed.

They often help people who have been in an accident or experience lower back pain, or other physical disabilities. Physical therapy is often combined with other medical practices to restore mobility and help with the rehabilitation of the patient.  

A physical therapist is considered a specialty practitioner by the insurance industry. They are also not a medical doctor and cannot prescribe medication. They use conservative treatments and provide wound care, but do not perform surgery.

Apex EDI is knowledgeable about both chiropractic and physical therapy types of claims. We specialize in medical claims processing and make it easy for you. Contact Apex EDI to request a  today.

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