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Does Aetna Cover Acupuncture Treatments?

Don’t let pain dictate your life. As a Raleigh sports injury specialist, I empower active individuals and athletes to move freely and confidently again. My expertise in sports acupuncture and rehab goes beyond just treating injuries and pain; I get to the underlying source of your problem.

I care about each and every one of my patients. I truly get invested in your outcome. I focus on lasting results by finding and addressing the source of your issue. My goal isn’t just temporary relief — it’s about giving you the knowledge and tools to prevent this from happening again.

If you’re anything like me, just getting a diagnosis isn’t enough. You want to understand why your body is experiencing pain or limitation. I’ll explain your condition in a clear, simple manner, so you understand the steps we’ll take together.

At an insurance-based clinic, a physical therapy session may include a few minutes with the physical therapist, some exercises with support staff, and passive modalities. While passive modalities might feel good, they won’t fix the underlying issue.

Your time is valuable and should be spent making lasting changes toward fixing your problems, not just seeking temporary relief.

Most sessions at our clinic start with progressive exercises that work toward addressing the root cause of the problem (read more here). Then we start addressing the pain with a combination of acupuncture, dry needling, and some form of bodywork. Its this combination where great things happen.

I am not currently in-network with any insurance providers. However, if your plan has out-of-network benefits, you can submit a claim for reimbursement directly to your insurance company. They will reimburse you based on their specific coverage rates.

If you need a superbill for insurance submission, simply email me after your treatment, and I’ll promptly send one your way.

This simply means I’ve chosen not to sign contracts with individual insurance companies. This approach allows me to focus our resources on delivering the highest level of care, rather than navigating the complexities and limitations of various insurance plans.

You’ll pay for your sessions directly, and then you can submit a claim to your insurance for reimbursement based on your individual coverage.

You’ll be responsible for submitting your Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center sessions to your insurance for reimbursement based on their out-of-network rates.

In this model, patients receive reimbursement directly from their insurance providers rather than the clinic.

I offer exclusive one-on-one treatment sessions, ensuring your care is completely personalized. These sessions may include acupuncture, dry needling, cupping, joint mobilizations, exercises, and other hands-on techniques, with the majority of your time spent receiving direct, individualized treatment.

In contrast, many clinics have physical therapists juggling multiple patients per hour, severely limiting the hands-on care you receive. These sessions may be primarily spent with a rehab aide guiding you through generic exercises, leading to minimal results. You may be booked for multiple sessions per week over several weeks, yet experience lower patient satisfaction and less improvement in pain relief and functional abilities.

Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center requires fewer overall sessions to meet your goals compared to traditional insurance-based physical therapy due to the increased time and personalized attention dedicated to your care.

The Takeaway

Cover the cost yourself and get a personalized plan from a dedicated professional invested in you having a positive outcome. In the end, this is a budget-friendly and successful way to return to the activities you enjoy.

We consistently invest in ourselves financially, whether it’s spending more for organic or healthy food over junk food, or a gym membership, and that’s fantastic because your health is the most valuable investment you can make.

The goal isn’t just pain relief – it’s about freedom of movement without the fear of reinjury.

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