For patients with spine problems, it is important to see a spine specialist for treatment. The costs associated with treatment for a spine condition can be significant, but insurance should cover the majority of the costs. With insurance and financing, the vast majority of patients who need spine treatment are able to afford it.
About Spine Conditions
The spine is composed of the spinal cord, which contains nerves running between the body to the brain, the vertebrae, which are bones that house the spinal cord and give structure to the back, and the intervertebral discs, which cushion the vertebrae from one another and provide protection and flexibility to the spine.
Spine conditions can affect one or more of these structures. Often, the symptoms of different spine conditions are similar, which means that diagnostic testing and analysis by spine specialists is necessary.
Some conditions that may affect the spine include:
- Muscle strain
- Vertebral fracture
- Bone spurs
- Spinal tumors (rare)
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
Costs and Insurance Coverage
Treatments for spine problems range from non-invasive methods like physical therapy and medication to minimally invasive spine surgery to open spine surgery. The cost of treatment depends heavily on the type of treatment used, with open spine surgery being the most costly form of treatment in most cases.
Insurance will cover treatment for spine problems, because it is medical treatment for a medical problem. However, insurance plans vary widely in how much they cover. Some patients have a high deductible which they must cover until insurance kicks in, while some have no deductible and no copay. If you are unsure about the terms of your insurance, you should contact your provider for details.
Managing the Cost of Treatment
For patients with a high deductible who need spine surgery, the cost of treatment may be high. Fortunately, financing options are available to help patients manage the costs. Many spine specialists refer their patients to trusted third-party financing companies. Patients may also consider options such as credit cards, loans or health care credit cards.
Dr. Sukdeb Datta of the Datta Endoscopic Back Surgery and Pain Center is one of the best spine specialists in the nation. Dr. Datta works to keep treatment affordable for patients by operating an efficient clinic and by accepting most major insurance plans, including Aetna and Cigna.
Dr. Datta would be happy to meet with you about your spine health. To schedule your consultation today, please click below and enter your information or give us a call at (212) 430-0312.