Frequently Asked Questions
Please find the answers to our most commonly asked questions below. If you have any additional questions, please let us know!
Where are you located?
We are located on the North side of Maple Rd. East of Telegraph. It is a two story white and black building set back from Maple Rd. There is a red Emruca Urgent Care sign that is very visible from the street. The building is across from the old Erhardt BMW and a Comerica Bank. If you are coming from the West on Maple, please be advised that the left hand turn lane for on coming traffic to get into Comerica Bank is in front of our building.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy was started in the late 1800's by a M.D. Physician, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, that did not like how medical care was being delivered at that time. He felt that a patient should be treated as a person and not as a disease. He believed in a more holistic approach. He also believed that the structure and function of a person's body were interrelated. It was from this belief that Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments (OMT) were created. In order to allow the body to function at its maximal potential it must be free from any musculoskeletal restrictions. Over the past 125 years these treatments have been added to and fine tuned. Any Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) had received at least 200 hours of training in OMT and may utilize it in their practice. A Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Board Certification means that a D.O. has spent additional Residency training in not only learning OMT, but the inner-workings of the musculoskletal system and treatments for the common injuries that can occur. http://doctorsthatdo.org/difference
Are you a Chiropractor?
No. Dr. Bruner is a fully licensed Osteopathic Medical Physician. He completed four years of medical school followed by a year of Internship through the Henry Ford Health System and two more years as a Resident in Neuromsuculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) at Michigan State University. Our office does not utilize and forced movements that lead to "cracking and popping" for a variety of reasons. One important one is the possibility of a stroke assoicated with that kind of technique when applied to the neck. We also have a very rehabilitative approach with our goal being that you need to see as little as possible.
Are you a Physical Therapist?
No, but the closest explanation to what we do would be a combination of a physician and a physical therapist. Our office looks more at the deeper structural issues to get areas that have been restricted moving again. We will give exercises to prevent patterns we are seeing from returning, but after those patterns are resolved we frequently utilize Physical Therapy to keep them from coming back in the future. We give very specific instructions to work with Physical Therapists that we have visited ourselves and find give the high level of care we aim to provide. Quite often we have Physical Therapist refer patients to us when they think something is being overlooked or missed.
How many visits will it take?
The answer to this can vary depending on the health of the patient and the severity or complexity of the problem. Generally, if OMT (manipulation) is warranted and there are structural issues that need addressing then we expect improvement after 3-4 visits that are spaced 1-2 weeks apart. Every patient is treated as an individual, so at each visit the plan is being re-assessed and if symptoms and structural issues are improving sooner then not as many visits are needed.
How long are the visits?
The first visit is 55 minutes and follow up visits are 25 minutes. That is all face to face time with the physician. We start and end on time. For new patient appointments please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment.
What should I expect after receiving OMT (Manipulation)?
Everyone responds differently to OMT, so it is hard to say. All of our treatments are very gentle and well tolerated, but we are getting areas of the body moving that may not have been moving for a long time. That can lead to some post-treatment soreness. This shouldn't last more than a day or two and is generally well tolerated. Staying well hydrated and using ice in areas that are sore will usually limit or resolve any soreness.
Do you treat kids?
Yes! Our Physician's NMM/OMM Board Certification allows us to treat both Adult and Pediatric patients. We see newborns and infants for misshapen heads, torticollis (rye neck), reflux and feeding issues. There can be fascial strain patterns from positioning in the womb and during delivery that we evaulate and treat as well. The Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments are very gentle and geared towards treating restricted or tight areas around the head, neck, chest, back and pelvis.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance. We are a fee-for-service clinic in order to put your health interests first. We provide you with a detailed reciept and a reimbursement form that you can submit for reimbursement. Usually, Traditional insurance is covered, PPOs are covered with a deductible and HMOs are not covered. We highly encourage you to check with your insurance company first if you have any questions. Please see our PAYMENT PAGE with a form at the bottom with questions you need to ask your insurance company.
MEDICARE PATIENTS - If Medicare is your primary insurance (not an Advantage Plan) then payment is still due at the time of service, but we will submit to Medicare for you and they will mail you a check for usually 70-80% of the visit. If you have a secondary insurance they will usually pick up the rest. Please also contact them to get an exact answer.
How can I find out if my insurance company will reimburse me for the visit?
Please see our PAYMENT PAGE with a form at the bottom with questions you need to ask your insurance company.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept ONLY credit cards, including VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER and AMERICAN EXPRESS.
We also accept any HSA or FSA payments.
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