new patient evaluation includes a health history,
spinal exam, computerized
spinal scans using digital infrared
imaging technology, and laser-aligned
cervical x-rays. Any previous medical
records including x-rays, MRI's, lab tests, etc.
will be reviewed. The evaluation requires approximately
60-90 minutes to complete. Following the review
and analysis of your diagnostic tests, Dr. Elster
will review with you the examination findings
and plan for treatment.
the evaluation, regular care begins, which involves
computerized spinal scanning on each visit, as
well as an
upper cervical chiropractic adjustment
as needed. The
goal of care is to correct the misalignment of
the upper cervical spine until it stabilizes in
its correct position thereby allowing injured
nerves, muscles, and soft tissue to heal.
patients achieve initial results within the first
two to four weeks of care and continue to improve
over the following weeks or months of care. Healing
time varies and depends upon several factors including
the age of the patient, severity of the condition,
and the length of time the condition has been
care regimen for adults: On average a patient
is seen two times per week for two to four weeks;
one time per week during the second month; once
every other week for the third month; and once
per month until complete stabilization of the
injury occurs. However, each individual's care
plan is specifically designed for his or her case.
Pediatric cases typically require less care than
coverage for chiropractic varies and your company
may or may not cover chiropractic services, may
have limitations on the number of paid visits,
and may have a deductible or exclusions. Dr. Elster
is NOT a participating provider with any insurance
companies such as PPO's, HMO's, Kaiser or Medicare.
Dr. Elster would be considered an "out of network
chiropractic provider" for all insurance plans.
To determine whether you have coverage, please
contact your insurance company directly and ask
if you have chiropractic benefits for an "out
of network chiropractic provider." While
Dr. Elster does not bill insurance, she will assist
you in filing claims by writing insurance reports
and by providing you with an insurance receipt
that you can send directly to your company for
reimbursement. Fees are payable in the form of
cash, check, or credit card (visa/mastercard)
when services are rendered.
patients: Please be advised that Dr. Elster is
not a Medicare provider. Therefore, no
reimbursement will be possible from Medicare or
from supplemental insurance for any services rendered
in Dr. Elster's office.