How Much Does A Chiropractor Cost?

By Dr. Philip Cordova

December 6, 2023


How much does a chiropractor cost? How much does a chiropractor cost without insurance? With insurance? How much is a chiropractic adjustment? I’ll answer all of these questions in this post, including what it costs at our office and just chiropractors in general.

Chiropractor prices can vary across the US, and various factors influence how much an office will charge and the types of services they will provide.

When considering chiropractic care, it’s crucial to ensure you care at a price you can afford, but it’s also important to realize what you are paying for and to make your decision not just based on price, but the overall value with how much you are paying.

Choosing Your Chiropractor

Selecting the right chiropractor for you involves considering experience and the types of services the office provides. Do you just need an adjustment or do you need some of the additional services that will help your specific condition.

For example, if you’re dealing with a bulging or herniated disc, you may want to make sure the chiropractor also offers spinal decompression. Dealing with a frozen shoulder? Making sure the chiropractic office is familiar with this problem and has additional therapies that can help.

Chiropractors undergo rigorous training and education, to receive their license. However, how much experience do they have? Are they new and inexpensive, or are they so sought after that they charge an arm and a leg? Recommendations from friends and family, along with specialization in areas such as sports or prenatal care, can guide your choice.

Checking for awards, honors, and their professional organization affiliation may help you get an idea of what you can experience if you visit their office. Definitely check their online reviews and see how they addressed any negative feedback. All of this together can attest to a chiropractor’s established reputation. The American Chiropractic Association publishes a FAQ about the safety of chiropractic care along with help in choosing a chiropractor.

How Much Does A First Visit To A Chiropractor Cost?

The cost of a first visit to a chiropractor can vary widely based on the doctor, their technique, and the types of patients they see. While some local franchises offer $19 new patient specials that include an examination and no x-rays, other offices will charge hundreds of dollars for the same type of service.

Patients often get very concerned about the taking of x-rays, primarily because the cost can be too much. I’ve seen office charge anywhere from $50 to $250 per area of the spine x-rayed. In our office, we charge $60 for the initial visit, which includes the consultation, examination, and any necessary x-rays. We really need the x-rays to know what’s happening with you and to deliver the most consistent and beneficial chiropractic adjustment.

Rather than continuing to argue with new patients about the cost, we include it within the new patient visit. That way we get all of the information we need to give you the best plan we can. Once you see all of the measurements we take, you’ll see why we insist on providing this level of service. We don’t believe we would get nearly the good results we do without this process.

How Much Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Cost?

Full-body adjustments can improve body mechanics, correct posture, and alleviate chronic pain, enhancing overall well-being. Whether you sit a computer all day, do CrossFit, or are chasing toddlers around, you can see and feel the benefits of regular chiropractic care.

The cost of a chiropractic adjustment depends on factors such as the chiropractor’s experience, location, and insurance coverage. On average, online reports suggest a cost of $65, with individual sessions ranging from $19 to $106. In our office, we charge $60 for a chiropractic visit. This typically includes use of a Hypervolt to loosen up the muscles, the adjustment itself (to the spine and any extremity complaints), and often electrical stimulation or mechanical traction.

Fortunately, many insurance companies are now including chiropractic care in their benefits, providing potential coverage and extra savings for their members.

How Much Does A Chiropractor Cost Without Insurance? With Insurance?

Our out-of-pocket (typically considered the “cash” price) and our insurance price are the same price. Since we are in-network providers for all major insurance plans, we have to follow their contracted rates. When we quote you prices for your specific plan, we are taking into account what your insurance will pay for a specific service code.

You can expect to pay either the contracted insurance amount (basically $60), a percentage of that amount, or a co-pay depending on your insurance company and your specific plan. While we will check benefits as quickly as we can, you can always check your specific benefits with your insurance company.

We offer some pre-payment discounts for non-insurance services. We cannot discount any services being billed to insurance.

What About Additional Services, Like Spinal Decompression? What Does That Cost?

We’ve done our best to make our additional services affordable, because they are very important in your expected results. While some offices will charge hundreds of dollar for a decompression visit, we charge $60. We also charge $60 for our other beneficial services, PEMF and HEIT therapy. We feel that keeping our pricing consistent makes it easier to calculate costs and to help our patients know what they can expect.

How Much Does A Chiropractor Cost And Is It Worth It?

There are certainly cheaper and easier ways to deal with pain. You can take over-the-counter medicine every day and keep pain away… to a point. You have to understand that it’s impossible for that pill to fix anything going wrong with the structure of your body. It only covers up the symptom.

If you wait too long with a neck or back pain complaint, your spine will eventually get worse. Usually symptoms start small. Then the symptoms start to happen more often and get gradually more intense until your pills no longer work. That’s usually when we see our patients for the first time. “I used to just take aspirin and that would knock it out, now nothing’s working.”

I don’t share that to scare, but to let you know we’ve seen this over and over again. Problems are easier to fix at their earlier stages, period. Spinal problem can become surgical if you wait too long. No one wants a back surgery. Even if the doctor does everything right, back surgery is never 100% successful.

When considering how much it costs to see a chiropractor, weigh all of the factors. Is this a problem chiropractic can help? (Start with a consultation with a chiropractor to find out.)

Is chiropractic working for me? (It takes more than one adjustment, so stick with the plan, but you should notice significant relief within a few weeks.)

The costs of chiropractic care are very small compared to ongoing medications and surgery. You could get a lifetime of chiropractic care for less than the cost of a back surgery. And it works!

Choose CORE Chiropractic

I absolutely believe our office is the best chiropractic office in Houston. I believe this because of how we work to take care of our patients with chiropractic care, additional therapies, and the ongoing education process to help patients get and stay out of pain.

Our doctors are interviewed, tested, and given lots of additional training in and outside of our office. We would never hire anyone that hasn’t adjusted us first. We turn away many nice and well-educated doctors that simply cannot adjust patients to our standard.

Our process of taking x-rays, measuring those x-rays, and then adjusting based on those x-rays provides a consistent chiropractic experience. We can objectively see where your spine needs the most help and make the necessary corrections with all the information we can.

Schedule a visit with us today! We start with a consultation to make sure you’re in the right place. If we can’t help you, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Dr. Philip Cordova

About the author

Dr. Philip Cordova is a chiropractor in Houston, Texas. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and decided to become a chiropractor after hurting his back as a teenager and getting help from chiropractic care. He is speaker on health & posture. Click Here To Read His Full Bio

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