Medicare Coverage for Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care

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Every year in the U.S., millions of people receive chiropractic care. This treatment is a non-invasive option for treating back and neck pain associated with musculoskeletal alignment. It works by using physical manipulation to realign the spine. Chiropractic care may be partially covered by Medicare Part B.

How It Helps

Chiropractors may be able to treat pain of the neck, back, legs, and arms. In fact, some studies have shown that chiropractic is an effective solution to pain management and may lower the chances of being prescribed opioids for pain relief by 64%. You can even increase your success by combining your treatment with exercise or physical therapy. Chiropractic care is often recommended in addition to more traditional treatments. In addition to pain management, chiropractic care can also benefit other aspects of your health. Things like increased joint mobility, improved muscle contractibility, strengthened immune function, and improved organ function are all benefits of chiropractic.


Your chiropractor will correct alignment problems by manipulating the spine. A chiropractor may have you lay across a chiropractic table in order to perform the adjustment. They will then apply sudden force to an area to move a problematic joint. The movement of the joint is often audible and sounds like a cracking noise. The adjustment may cause temporary soreness or stiffness in the days following.


Medicare Part B may provide assistance covering your chiropractic care. When chiropractic care is deemed medically necessary to correct a subluxation, Medicare Part B may provide partial coverage. A subluxation happens when the spine moves out of alignment via shifting of a bone. This is many times accompanied by pain. In order to qualify for coverage, you must make sure you are receiving care from a qualified provider. Medicare will require that you cover 20% of the Medicare approved cost as well as any Part B deductible. Tests, massage therapy, and X-rays will not be covered by Medicare.


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