FAQs

Do you accept insurance?

  • Upon acceptance of your case, we will verify coverage for your individual benefit to clarify what your maximum responsibility will be.

 

What do you charge for your services?

 

How many treatments/visits will I need?

  • Chronic pain, whether it is back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or knee pain, is very individualized as to how many procedures and hours of treatment you may need.  During the initial evaluation, it will be determined how many levels of damage you have that are causing symptoms.  In most cases, problems are found at multiple levels, but only one or two of them may be causing symptoms.  Those patients with multiple pathologies may require a combination of techniques that include, for example, nonsurgical spinal decompression, progressive rehabilitation, cold laser therapy, Trigenics®, and/or chiropractic care.  These procedures can be done concurrently to save time and keep costs at a minimum. 

 

What is cold laser therapy?

  • Cold laser therapy is a treatment that uses wavelengths of light to interact with tissue below the skin in order to speed up the healing process.  Used to treat a variety of conditions, it can help eliminate pain and swelling and increase mobility.

 

What is Trigenics®?

  • Trigenics® is a neuromusculoskeletal treatment, which can relieve pain and accelerate healing.  With this procedure, your nervous system is stimulated to reset the way your brain communicates with your body.

 

How does Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression differ at BCSD&NC compared to treatments offered by other chiropractors?

  • Dr. Askar has been offering this procedure for over 12 years and is the ONLY chiropractor in Beaver, Butler, and Allegheny counties offering this FDA-cleared treatment.  Her computerized unit specifically targets the disc, as opposed to less-precise methods like traction or inversion tables.

 

Why aren’t more chiropractors around the area using this type of procedure?

  • Due to the nature of the procedure and the associated costs, it takes a highly skilled, well-trained, and certified chiropractor to utilize these treatments.  A chiropractor must be professionally trained by a certified doctor at North American Medical in the specialty of nonsurgical spinal decompression in order to master the technique.  Dr. Askar sees this noninvasive treatment becoming the standard of practice for intervention of spinal conditions throughout the world.

 

Can you help me if I’ve had failed back surgery?

  • Yes, we typically can.  In fact, a large percentage of our patients have had failed back or neck surgery in the past or have a new spine condition due to fusions.  Scar tissue development from a previous open back surgery can also cause new and painful spine conditions and can be worked around at BCSD&NC.

 

I have spinal stenosis or foraminal stenosis.  Can I be helped?

  • Yes, our procedure works well for these conditions.  We can remove impingements from the spinal or foraminal canal, which will remove pressure from the nerve, thereby relieving pain.

 

Is my bulging or herniated disc going to be removed?

  • No. In most cases, we are able to open or widen the disc spaces to alleviate the pressure on the nerves without removing the disc.

 

What are my limitations after treatments?

  • Dr. Askar recommends that a patient return to normal activities gradually to allow maximum healing.  Patients that have desk jobs can normally return to work without restrictions. Patients with physically strenuous jobs should wait two weeks.  You may return to work with restrictions during those first two weeks and then resume normal activity thereafter.

 

What can be done for the small percentage of patients that do not get any relief?

  • After the appropriate plan of care is followed for each patient not experiencing relief at the reevaluation, it will be determined if a patient should be released from care and sent for a surgical consult.