Frequently Asked Questions
Please find the answers to our most commonly asked questions below. If you have any additional questions, please let us know!
What is an Osteopathic Physician?
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 (NMM, aobnmm.org) at Michigan State University. We 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, 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?
Do you treat kids?
Yes! Our Physician's NMM Board Certification allows us to treat both Adult and Pediatric patients.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance.
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.