Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a form of physical medicine that specializes in working with the neuromuscular skeletal system. Historically known for adjusting or manipulating the spinal segments, today’s Chiropractor treats more than just bone misalignment.
Our philosophy here at Fusion Sport Rehab is based on the concept that muscles move bone. In addition bones are held in place by an assortment of tendons, ligaments, and other cartilage that constitute soft tissue.
By expanding our focus away from the individual bones and incorporating treatments that target soft tissues as well, we provide a more comprehensive attempt to restore motion. While the adjustment still plays an important role in injury treatment, we have moved forward from the traditional bone out of place model to one which provides and incorporates the best chiropractic care possible.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is a type of physical medicine that strives to improve quality of life and increase functional ability in patients. Through a process of examination, evaluation, and physical intervention, therapists can effectively treat a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Various treatment techniques are utilized (exercise prescription, manual therapy, balance training, modalities) in order to restore mobility and function, decrease pain, and prevent disability. Therapists are trained to look at the body as a whole, at times identifying multiple underlying pathologies that may be contributing factors to the patient’s complaints.
At Fusion Sport Rehab patients are seen on an individual, one-on-one basis in order to make the most of each session. We strive to educate patients about their condition and how to effectively treat it inside and outside of the clinic. Spending the time to teach patients what they can do for themselves outside of the clinic is of huge importance in getting the body to optimally heal and function.
What Conditions do we Treat?
Our focus at Fusion Sport Rehab is the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular skeletal disorders; simply stated nerve, muscle, and bone/joint problems. Our doctors are trained to assess such injuries from head to toe. While not all conditions are manageable, in this office, your doctor can help you determine what the next step may be for treatment of your condition.
Our most commonly treated conditions include:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Head Aches
- Shoulder Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Carpal Tunnel
- Plantar Fasciitis
- TMJ Disorder
How Long Will it Take?
Most conditions respond favorably within a few treatments and may require periodic follow up to ensure proper recovery.
Nevertheless, several factors play a role in the body’s ability to heal. Injury severity and the amount of damage to the underlying tissues is one such factor: the more damage the longer it will take to heal. Chronicity, or how long the condition has existed, will also affect healing time. Usually the longer it has been going on the longer it will take to heal. General health of the patient also plays a role in healing. Factors such as diabetes, depression, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, family history, etc. can all increase healing time.
In general, our goal is to get patients back to normal as soon as possible. Some conditions take longer than others, but most patients begin to see positive results within a few visits. Conditions that fail to respond, or respond slower than expected, often warrant further investigation. Should such a condition present itself, your doctor will explain the next steps to take.
What Can I Expect on My First Visit?
Your initial visit to Fusion Sport Rehab will begin with the completion of our New Patient Information Packet. Included in the packets are personal and contact information, health history, insurance information, and HIPPA policy.
Once you have completed the paperwork, your doctor will visit with you and discuss your condition in order to determine whether to proceed with an examination or recommend further diagnostics (X-Ray, MRI, Lab Exams, etc) prior to treatment. In most cases, an examination will occur with the initial visit to determine what is going on with the body that is causing your symptoms.
Provided the examination does not produce any results that contraindicate care, your doctor will begin treating your condition that same day.
Will the Doctor Take X-Rays?
Whether or not you need an X-Ray, MRI, or other diagnostic prior to treatment will depend solely on your condition. If the doctor is concerned that there may be an underlying condition that may contraindicate care, he will refer you for an X-Ray, MRI, or other test before he begins to treat you. As we do not do X-Rays in house, the doctor will refer you to an Imaging Center he trusts.
If he does not feel X-Rays are necessary, he will treat you that same day. We do not require X-Rays for every patient.
Do You Take My Insurance?
Our professionals are contracted with most major insurance companies. As long as your individual plan carries chiropractic or physical therapy coverage, we accept the following insurances:
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Great West Healthcare
- HMO Colorado
- Rocky Mountain Health Plans
- Secure Horizons
- United Healthcare
As many insurance companies have sub-companies, please contact our office if you have questions about whether your insurance will be accepted. We are also happy to accept Personal Injury cases such as worker’s compensation claims and auto injury claims.