Frequently Asked Questions

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic Medicine, a holistic approach to healthcare, traces its roots back to the visionary insights of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the late 19th century. Dissatisfied with conventional medical practices of his time, Dr. Still sought a more comprehensive understanding of the body’s interconnected systems and their impact on health. In 1874, he founded osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the body’s innate ability to heal itself when its structural components are in balance. Over the years, this distinct form of manual medicine has evolved, incorporating a patient-centered philosophy and a hands-on approach to diagnose and treat a wide range of health issues. 

In the U.S., DOs (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine), like MDs, are granted the full scope of medical practice including diagnosing all diseases as well as prescribing drugs and performing surgery. 

Who We Can Help

Osteopathy aids in the management of various conditions including back pain, postural problems, and sports injuries. It can improve overall health and boost daily performance.

For growing children, osteopathy can help address issues such as posture problems, growing pains, or sports-related injuries, contributing to healthier growth and development.

Osteopathy can assist in resolving strain patterns in babies resulting from birth. It is gentle and effective in managing conditions like colic, sleeping issues, and feeding difficulties.

During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes significant changes. Osteopathy can help manage discomforts associated with pregnancy, like back pain, and prepare the body for labor and recovery post-birth.

For those in their later years, osteopathy can aid in maintaining mobility, reducing pain, and improving quality of life. It can help manage chronic conditions like arthritis and balance issues.

OMT, or Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, is a hands-on approach to healing used by osteopathic physicians. It involves gentle manual techniques to diagnose, treat, and prevent a wide range of health issues. OMT aims to improve the body’s function by addressing musculoskeletal and related issues, promoting overall wellness and natural healing processes.

When treating with OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. These treatments can be used to help people of all ages and backgrounds, and treat a wide variety of common ailments.

Treatment with OMT can be used to help people of all ages from newborns to older adults. Here is a small list of just some of common conditions treated with OMT. 

  • Back/Neck Pain (including scoliosis, pinched nerves, and Pregnancy related)
  • Headaches/Migraines 
  • Pediatric conditions such as Infantile Colic, poor feeding, plagiocephaly
  • TMJ issues
  • Common Cold and Flu
  • Arm and Leg Issues (such as Sports Injuries, Arthritis and Carpal Tunnel)
  • Pelvic Pain (including dysmenorrhea and dyspareunia)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Rheumatologic conditions (including fibromyalgia) 
  • More Benefits: improvements in breathing (including asthma), mobility, circulation, digestion, and sleep.

Regrettably, the stringent policies of for-profit insurance companies present considerable challenges for small private practices seeking reimbursement for their services. Consequently, we have opted not to participate in any insurance plans. However, upon request, we are happy to furnish a detailed receipt and/or superbill. Individuals with out-of-network coverage can choose to submit these documents to their Commercial Insurance plans for potential reimbursement. The actual reimbursement amount is subject to the specific insurance company and individual plan, ranging from full reimbursement to partial reimbursement or contribution towards the yearly deductible. It’s essential to note that these processes do not currently apply to Medicare or Medicaid in accordance with state and federal regulations.

To ensure transparency in medical expenses, our current prices are outlined below. As a Fee-for-Service practice, we kindly request payment at the time of service for all appointments, accepting major credit cards, health savings accounts, cash, and checks.  We do offer payment plan options upon request.

  • First-Time Visit: 60-90 minutes –  $250. 

  • Returning Patient: 45 minutes –  $150

Healthcare Blue Book assesses the “fair price” of a 60-minute new patient visit with osteopathic manipulation of 1-2 body regions at $365.  At our commitment to accessible healthcare, we offer this complete package at a flat rate which includes osteopathic manipulation of the whole body (9-10 regions according to insurance billing standards)

Great question!  The key distinction lies in the comprehensive medical training I’ve undergone as a physician (4 years of medical school and 4 years of residency training). While chiropractors focus on manual adjustments and spinal care, I bring a broader medical expertise to the table. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, I have a comprehensive understanding of general medicine, allowing me to diagnose and treat a wide range of health issues beyond musculoskeletal concerns. Our approach integrates a holistic perspective, considering the interconnectedness of the body’s structure and function. While I often incorporate osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) techniques as part of the treatment plan, the goal is to provide not only effective musculoskeletal care but also address your overall health and well-being with a comprehensive medical approach.

What To Expect

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathic Medicine is a complete, holistic branch of medicine founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor (A.T.) Still, an American physician who practiced in Missouri in the late 1800s. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is a set of hands-on techniques used by osteopathic physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. In the U.S., DOs (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine), like MDs, are granted the full scope of medical practice including diagnosing all diseases as well as prescribing drugs and performing surgery.

During medical education, osteopathic physicians receive special training in the body’s complex system of muscles, nerves and bones. This advanced training provides them with an understanding of how the body’s systems are connected and how each one affects the others. 

What conditions can you treat/what are the benefits?

When treating with OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. These treatments can be used to help people of all ages and backgrounds, and treat a wide variety of common ailments, including:

  • Back/Neck Pain
  • Headaches 
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Common Cold and Flu
  • Arthritis 
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Sports injuries
  • Pediatric conditions such as Infantile Colic, poor feeding, plagiocephaly
  • Low back pain associated with Pregnancy
  • And many more!
What to expect during treatment

Dr. Knight will first obtain a thorough history and physical exam. Then An Osteopathic structural exam will be completed prior to treatment by examining the spine, neck and extremities for areas in your body that have asymmetry of structure, tenderness and range of motion restriction. Using a variety of OMT techniques, your physician will manually correct the mis-aligned areas by applying corrective forces that relieve joint and myofascial restrictions. OMT is safe, gentle and effective for all age groups.

Before Treatment

If possible, please bring any relevant medical records with you prior to your first visit including, lab tests, x rays, and MRIs. 

Please wear comfortable clothing (loose, light-weight).  

 

After Treatment

As part of your care plan, you may be provided with home exercises or stretches to work on between visits. While OMT is very gentle, you may experience some soreness during the first 24-48 hours after a treatment. This is normal and part of the healing process. During this time period it is important to drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity for maximum benefit.      

If possible, please schedule other treatments such as massage, physical therapy, or acupuncture at least 7 days after your osteopathic appointment to allow your system adequate time to fully respond to each treatment before the next is introduced.

Do you accept insurance?

To provide exceptional personalized care without third parties or carrier interference, we currently do not accept any insurance plans; however, we will provide a detailed receipt, and/or superbill upon request. For those with out-of-network coverage, these can be submitted to Commercial Insurance plans for reimbursement. The amount of reimbursement you receive depends on the insurance company and on your individual plan, and may come in the form of full reimbursement, partial reimbursement, or made towards your yearly deductible. This does not currently apply to Medicare or Medicaid per state and federal laws. 

Rates

To promote transparency of medical costs for procedures and visits, we list our current prices below. Our practice is Fee for Service, meaning payment is expected at the time of service for all appointment types. We accept all major credit cards, health savings accounts, cash and checks for payment.

First time visit: 60 minutes $250

Returning patient: 30 minutes $150

For Students with Valid ID we offer $50 off of above rates

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