FAQ

Getting an Appointment

What type of insurance do you take?

We accept the following insurance programs and their subsidiaries. Please note: There will be a $30 fee for any returned checks.

  • BC/BS–Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Southern Health
  • Medicare
  • Tricare Prime
  • Tricare For Life
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • MAMSI: Optimum Choice, MDIPA, Alliance
  • Optima Health

How can I schedule an appointment?

Please ask your doctor to contact our office to set up your initial consultation visit. Your doctor’s office must also fax to our office any notes regarding your previous care 48 hours prior to your appointment; if they do not, we may have to reschedule your appointment. What do I need to bring to my first appointment? Please be certain to bring your insurance cards and a photo identification to your visit. Be sure to also bring a complete list of your medications, including the strength and dosing instructions.

Do I need a referral?

You do need what is called a “doctor to doctor” referral to make an appointment. Just ask your family physician to contact our office to set up your initial consultation visit. Your doctor’s office must also fax to our office any notes regarding your previous care 48 hours prior to your appointment; if they do not, we may have to reschedule your appointment.

Will I need to pay a copay?

You may need to pay a copay. The amount will vary depending on your insurance. This information usually listed on the front of your card.

Will I need to pay a copay for physical therapy?

You may need to pay a copay. The amount will vary depending on your insurance. This information usually listed on the front of your card.

What should I consider before undergoing surgery for my pain?

Surgery should be a last resort, but all too often it is among the first solutions people seek when they are in pain. Invasive treatments, from injections to surgeries should be introduced only after osteopathic therapies, physical therapy, as well as other conservative measures have been explored. In most cases, a combination of traditional and alternative therapies can create lasting relief.

Questions About Pain

What types of pain do you address?

Our focus is on functional wellness. We are trained to help you alleviate musculoskeletal pain in your joints, bones, muscles, tendons, nerves and more. Some of the symptoms patients contact us for include:

  • Neck Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Hand Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Herniated Discs
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Facet Syndrome
  • SI joint dysfunction
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Post-Surgical Pain
  • Myofascial Pain
  • RSD/CRPS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Feet Pain
  • Arthritis Pain
  • Sports Injury

What is a D.O.?

Ben Seeman is a doctor of osteopathic medicine. Osteopaths are fully licensed medical physicians practicing in all areas of medicine, but D.O.’s receive special training in the musculoskeletal system and take a comprehensive, whole-person, hands-on approach.

What kind of pain don’t you address?

We focus specifically on musculoskeletal pain. If your pain source is caused by something other than this, we will refer you to a partner who can help.

What should I do if I am having a pain emergency?

If you are experiencing an emergency, please contact 911 immediately.

Are there things I can do myself that will reduce my pain?

Absolutely. Small changes to your health habits, from improving your posture to dietary modifications can make a great impact on your recovery.

Treatment Options

What is integrative pain care?

Integrative pain care is a combination of traditional medicine and alternative therapies designed to treat a patient’s pain at the source.

What kind of pain treatment do you offer?

We are an integrative pain care practice. Our approach to pain is to address it at the source and prescribe a combination of therapies to provide our patients with lasting pain relief.

Why won’t you prescribe narcotics/opioids?

All too often narcotics are prescribed unnecessarily and in the worst cases, they can exacerbate the problem and potentially lead to addiction. Many patients come to us after a series of invasive procedures or a host of prescription drug cocktails have failed to alleviate their pain. We aim to prescribe the right treatment for the right problem and have found that in most cases, patients find lasting relief through a combination of physical therapy, lifestyle modifications and non-narcotic medications.

Can my pain be cured?

Whether or not pain is curable is different for every patient. Instead of masking pain symptoms, we’ll work with you to identify and treat pain at the source and develop an integrative plan to provide lasting pain relief.

How long will it take before I feel the effects of an injection?

Minimally invasive injections can be effective in treating pain. It can take 2-5 days – two weeks to feel full effect and the relief can last for months or more.

What do we do if these injections don’t work?

It is unusual for injections to be completely ineffective, but we will continue to follow up with you post-treatment to determine what next steps, if any, are necessary.