FAQ: Does Medicare Cover Chiropractic?

Yes, however, while the science of chiropractic has progressed, Medicare chiropractic coverage hasn’t been expanded since 1974 and is limited to manipulation of the spine when necessary to correct a subluxation. A subluxation is described by Medicare as, “When one or more of the bones of your spine move out of position”.  The subluxation must be associated with a symptomatic muscular and skeletal condition, for example, low back pain, disc herniation, sciatica, neck pain, etc. Medicare does not cover preventative chiropractic care.

In my experience most Medicare patients also have a supplemental plan. The supplemental plan almost always only covers the Medicare annual deductible and 20% coinsurance. Medicaid will not pay if it is secondary. Medicare Advantage plans generally follow Medicare coverage but may have a higher copay.

The bottom line is that Medicare helps pay some of the cost of chiropractic services but does not cover any other chiropractic services, such as evaluation, any necessary x-rays, extremity adjustments, massage, or physiotherapy modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, cold laser, traction, decompression), orthotics, etc. In my opinion, services not covered by Medicare are usually needed to provide appropriate patient care and get a good outcome. Most Americans can easily afford chiropractic services and chiropractic care may take the place of more costly and invasive procedures.

Greenville chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry has been a participating provider in Medicare since 2006. He has been a postgraduate speaker at chiropractic colleges, for the South Carolina Chiropractic Association, and has presented at medical and public health conferences. Dr. Henry is credentialed as an expert witness for the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals.




Chiropractic FAQ: What are the Chiropractic Benefits for South Carolina State Health Plan?

Q: What are the Chiropractic Benefits for South Carolina State Health Plan?

A: Greenville Chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry has been a preferred provider for South Carolina State Health Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield) since 2006. Here are the benefits for 2016, taken from SC PEBA’s website at http://www.peba.sc.gov/assets/insurancebenefitsguide.pdf

There are two options for state emloyees. The in network benefits are as follows:

SHP Savings Plan

Annual Deductible: • Single: $3,600 • Family: $7,200

Coinsurance: • Plan pays 80% • You pay 20%

• Excludes deductible

Physician Office Visits (In Network): • No copayment
• Plan pays 80% • You pay 20%
• Chiropractic payments limited to $500 a year, per person

SHP Standard Plan

Annual Deductible: • Single: $445 • Family: $890

Coinsurance: • Plan pays 80% • You pay 20%

Physician Office Visits: • $12 copayment
• Plan pays 80% • You pay 20%
• Chiropractic payments limited to $2,000 a year, per person

Patients with the Savings Plan, a high deductible plan, are eligible for a health savings account (HSA). HSA funds may be used for the services at our office and can help you save on taxes. For more information, visit: https://www.irs.gov/publications/p969/index.html


For an appointment, call Dr. Henry’s office at 864-288-7797.

We will be glad to check your benefits and file insurance on your behalf. Dr. Henry also accepts Medicare, Cigna, United Healthcare, Medcost, Aetna, auto accidents, and most insurance plans.

Neck or Back Pain from Sitting? You May Need a Standing Desk

Dr. Luke Henry, Chiropractic Physician

Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and the inventor of the treadmill desk has studied the effects of sedentary lifestyle and has coined the phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking”. Evidence suggests that sitting too much increases risk of obesity and many chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Dr. Levine went so far as to say, “Sitting too much kills”. As a chiropractor, I see many patients with neck, shoulder and back pain caused by prolonged sitting. Sitting at a computer all day or extensive driving can lead to poor posture, chronic muscle strain and may accelerate degenerative changes in the discs of the spine. The intervertebral discs, the “shock absorbers” between the bones of the spine need movement to stay healthy. I frequently recommend a standing desk as an option for my patients, along with therapeutic exercises to improve posture and relieve repetitive stress. Stretching and adding movement throughout the day helps relieve aches and pains and increases productivity. If you need help with neck pain, back pain, disc problems or an auto accident injury, call my office for an appointment at 864-288-7797.

Greenville Chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry Recognized by the South Carolina Chiropractic Association

Greenville chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry receives an award for 5 years in the South Carolina Chiropractic Association Palmetto Club.

Greenville, South Carolina chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry was recognized by the South Carolina Chiropractic Association for 5 years membership in the Palmetto Club. Dr. Henry traveled to Myrtle Beach for the SC Chiropractic Association Annual Convention June 23-26, 2016. Henry first attended the convention by scholarship while a student at Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2005. Dr. Henry has been active in the SCCA since opening his practice in Greenville in 2006 and has served as a postgraduate speaker and on the committee to plan and approve continuing education programs. Dr. Henry stated, “It’s an honor to be part of such a great group of doctors of chiropractic”. Dr. Henry’s practice emphasis is on neck and back pain, nonsurgical disc decompression, cold laser therapy and whiplash. For an appointment call 864-288-7797 or for more information visit henryclinic.com.

South Carolina Chiropractic Association Palmetto Club reception at Myrtle Beach June 25, 2016.

“The South Carolina Chiropractic Association is a professional association whose mission is to promote and protect chiropractic in South Carolina. We provide leadership as a unified voice to safeguard the future of all chiropractors in South Carolina through:

(a) expanding the role of chiropractic in health care;
(b) public awareness;
(c) legislative involvement;
(d) communicating the current trends and issues important to our members;
(e) providing quality continuing education.”

Adopted by the South Carolina Chiropractic Association Board of Directors, February 12, 2000


Dr. Henry to attend South Carolina Chiropractic Association Convention

Greenville, SC chiropractor, Dr. Luke Henry, will travel to Myrtle Beach, SC June 23-26, 2016 to attend the SC Chiropractic Association Annual Convention. Dr. Henry has been attending this convention since 2005. The Convention frequently hosts more than 300 chiropractic physicians and provides continuing education as well as a trade show with vendors offering he latest diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. Classes taught by nationally known speakers will include whiplash, chiropractic treatment of extremities, risk management, insurance coding and compliance, and nutrition. Chiropractors in South Carolina, like other professionals, are required to take continuing education for license renewal. Dr. Henry is a graduate of Clemson University and Sherman College of Chiropractic. He has been an active member of the SCCA since 2006 and is a member of the Palmetto Club. He also serves on a committee to help plan postgraduate continuing education for doctors of chiropractic. Dr. Henry practices at Henry Chiropractic Clinic, LLC, 1314 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615 864-288-7797.

Avoiding Tobacco May Help Prevent Back and Neck Pain


Dr. Luke Henry, DC


As a chiropractic physician, I help people with neck and back pain, which is commonly the result of disease of the intervertebral discs. The discs are like shock absorbers between the bones in the spine. When they bulge, herniate or degenerate it can pinch or irritate the delicate nerves and cause terrible pain. The pain may localize to the spine or can radiate to an arm or shoot down a leg. There may also be numbness, tingling or weakness associated with a disc problem. Bulging or herniated discs may result from an injury, such as improper lifting, sports injury or an auto accident. Disc problems may also develop gradually over time from wear and tear. Family history may play a role but while you can’t change heredity you can have a significant positive impact through lifestyle. In my experience as a practicing doctor of chiropractic, almost everyone knows that smoking is bad for health and causes lung cancer, but what most of the thousands of patients I’ve treated didn’t know is that smoking also contributes to disease of the spinal discs.


painful lumbar disc herniation
Bulging, herniated and degenerative discs are a common cause of spinal pain.

20% of American adults smoke, with 80% of those smoking daily. There is convincing scientific evidence that tobacco smoking leads to disc degeneration. Tobacco smoking causes DNA damage leading to premature aging of the disc cells. Nicotine is also a vasoconstrictor, meaning that it causes blood vessels to constrict and limits blood flow. Some authors have hypothesized that reduced blood flow may leads to disc degeneration by limiting nutrients to the discs. When the discs wear, it can cause neck or back pain. At my office we are well prepared to help patients with bulging, herniated and degenerative discs but I also expect patient to help themselves through lifestyle. Quitting tobacco eliminates the most common cause of preventable death. Quitting (AKA smoking cessation) reduces risk of cancer, helps with circulation and lowering blood pressure and will likely make you live longer. It’s not easy but there are resources to help.

Free Resources to help quit:
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: http://betobaccofree.hhs.gov/

National Cancer Institute – Cigarette Smoking: Health Risks and How to Quit: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/quit-smoking-pdq

American Cancer Society – Guide to Quitting Smoking: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/index

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – How to Quit: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/index.htm

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Tobacco Cessation: http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/TobaccoCessation/


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Holm S, Nachemson A. Nutrition of the intervertebral disc: acute effects of cigarette smoking. An experimental animal study. Ups J Med Sci 1988; 93:91-9; PMID:3376356; http://dx.doi.org/10.1517/03009734000000042

Uematsu Y, Matuzaki H, Iwahashi M. Effects of nicotine on the intervertebral disc: an experimental study in rabbits. J Orthop Sci 2001; 6:177-82; PMID:11484105; http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s007760100067

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Henry Chiropractic Celebrates 10 Years Serving Greenville

Dr. Luke Henry – Serving Greenville with Chiropractic Care Since 2006

Greenville, South Carolina Chiropractic Physician Dr. Luke Henry is pleased to announce 10 years of serving patients in Greenville. Thousands of neck and back pain sufferers have sought help from Dr. Henry. While an engineering student at Clemson University, Henry himself was a chiropractic patient. He decided on a career as a doctor of chiropractic after having a positive experience recovering from an injury. Dr. Henry opened Henry Chiropractic Clinic, LLC in 2006 at the corner of Pelham Road and Highway 14 with the help of his wife, Tecora, as chiropractic assistant. The practice grew rapidly thanks to referrals from enthusiastic patients. Dr. Henry’s emphasis on evidence-based care also brought referrals from the medical community. Construction on their new office at 1314 Pelham Road was completed in 2012. Dr. Henry practice emphasis is on management of whiplash and motor vehicle trauma and nonsurgical solutions for pain, including spinal disc decompression and cold laser. Dr. Henry wishes to thank his teachers and mentors and the thousands of patients who have placed their confidence in him.

Dr. Henry Commended for Cost-Efficient Chiropractic Care

A May 5, 2016 report stated, “We commend you on the delivery of cost-efficient care.” The report from HNS, a managed care company, compared Dr. Henry’s utilization to other chiropractic providers in the network for Cigna and Medcost health insurance. Dr. Luke Henry has frequently been recognized for cost-effective, consistent best-evidence practice and is rated “Tier 1 Advantage” by Optum Health Physical Health, the managed care company for United and Aetna chiropractic, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Dr. Henry is a preferred provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, State Health Plan, Federal BCBS, Blue Choice, Cigna, Medcost, United Healthcare, Aetna and he participates with Medicare. Auto accident and worker’s compensation cases are also welcome. Dr. Henry has been serving Greenville since 2006 and is a published author. He is a member of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association and the South Carolina Public Health Association.


Our office is located at 1314 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615

For an appointment, call 864-288-7797

Greenville Spinal Decompression Patient Testimonial

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“When I came in I was all bent over and walking with a walker since 2000. Now I’m walking without a walker and I don’t ever want to go back to where I was. The staff are excellent!”
Patricia Culbertson

Thank you for your kind words, Patricia, and I’m glad we were able to help you!

As a chiropractic physician, my staff and I have helped thousands of neck and back pain sufferers and people who have been injured in auto accidents, work or sports injuries since opening in 2006. Although I pride myself on being a great chiropractor, I realized that there are people out there who continue to suffer from chronic spinal pain, even after they have tried medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, injections, even failed surgery in some cases. That’s why I became interested in new technologies to help: nonsurgical spinal decompression and cold laser therapy. Since investing in these new therapeutic options, we have been able to help many patients with more serious neck and back problems, including bulging, herniated and degenerative discs, stenosis, facet syndrome, and radiculopathy. Don’t continue to suffer. Call my office at 864-288-7797 for a consultation to find out whether you are a good candidate. For more information, visit our decompression and laser pages.

Dr. Luke Henry, DC

Greenville chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry presents at SC Public Health Association Annual Convention

Contact: Luke Henry, DC
1314 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 288-7797

Low back pain is the #1 cause of disability worldwide. Chiropractic physicians provide higher patient satisfaction at lower cost and seeing a chiropractor first is associated with decreased risk for back surgery.dr-henry-presents-south-carolina-public-health

I had a great time at the South Carolina Public Health Association Annual Conference. I met a lot of great people. The presentations were excellent and I enjoyed Dr. Benjamin’s (executive director of the American Public Health Association) message. As a chiropractor, I strive to help my patients with pain and injuries and make their lives better. Health is about much more than just the absence of disease. That’s why I encourage patients to lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthy, exercise and reduce stress. I decided to join the South Carolina Public Health Association, an organization dedicated to improving the health of all South Carolinians.

Here are the key points from my presentation:

Chiropractic Physicians: A Solution to the Primary Care Shortage for Low Back Pain

Lucian Henry, DC – private practice of chiropractic, Prime Care Chiropractic Medical Center, Greenville, SC

back and neck pain are leading causes of disability worldwide
Back and neck pain are leading causes of disability worldwide, at 1st and 4th place, respectively.

Low back pain

  • The leading cause of disability worldwide
  • Estimated lifetime prevalence of 80% in adults
  • The 3rd most burdensome condition (after ischemic heart disease and COPD)
  • 20% of cases become chronic
  • Will most likely worsen due to population aging
    (due to degeneration of the intervertebral discs)
Lumbar MRI showing disc degeneration and large herniated disc
Lumbar MRI showing disc degeneration and large herniated disc.

Predictors of Lower Back Pain:

  • Physical workload
  • Childhood socioeconomic status
  • Educational inequality (in men)
  • Minorities with pain are chronically underserved

A Primary Care Problem

  • Projected shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020
  • Demand for primary care will increase:
    • Population aging
    • Increasing health coverage
    • Back pain is among the most common conditions
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Dr. Luke Henry, chiropractic physician, demonstrates spinal manipulation (thoracic spine adjustment using Palmer / Gonstead single hand contact.


  • A complementary health approach
  • Educated as primary care, portal of entry providers with musculoskeletal emphasis
  • Licensed in all 50 states
  • Growing internationally (regulated in 40 countries)
  • Recognized as physicians by the Joint Commission
  • Included in Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, SC State Health Plan, most private plans
  • Half of U.S. adults have been treated by a chiropractor
  • 14% of Americans treated each year
  • Cost-effective with high patient satisfaction
  • Availability of chiropractic care decreased visits to primary care for Medicare patients with neck and low back pain
  • Decreased pharmaceutical costs
  • Reduced hospital admissions
  • Less back surgery
  • Chiropractors help rural, inner city and underserved patient populations

Barriers to implementation

  • Insurance coverage limitations
  • Scope of practice restrictions
  • Lack of public awareness accounts for inequity in utilization of chiropractic and other forms of complementary medicine.
    • Nearly half of Americans don’t know whether their insurance covers chiropractic
    • Minorities and disadvantaged patients (lower education and lower socioeconomic level) are less likely to benefit from chiropractic and other complementary medicine


An expanded role for chiropractic physicians would help decrease the burden on primary care and improve access for underserved populations.



Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is the third most burdensome condition, after ischemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The lifetime prevalence is 80% in adults, with 20% of cases becoming chronic. Physical workload, childhood socioeconomic status, and educational inequality are predictors for increasing back pain. A primary care physician shortage is expected. Back pain is among the most common reasons patients see a primary care provider. Chiropractic physicians are considered complementary but are educated as primary health care providers. Evidence supports efficacy and cost effectiveness for neck and back  pain and suggests that chiropractic decreases pharmaceutical costs, hospital admissions, and burden on primary care. Barriers to utilization include insurance limitations, antiquated scope of practice laws, and lack of public awareness. An expanded role for chiropractors would help decrease the burden on primary care and improve access for underserved populations.


Objective 1 Participant will learn that low back pain disproportionately affects those with lower education and socioeconomic levels

Objective 2 Participant will gain an appreciation for the burden to society caused by low back pain and a proposed solution

Objective 3 Participant will benefit from a brief review of the literature on efficacy and cost effectiveness of chiropractic care for spinal pain



Dr. Henry has provided conservative treatment to thousands of patients suffering from neck and back pain and directed a multidisciplinary practice in Greenville, SC. He has authored published peer-reviewed research, served as a reviewer for several scientific journals, and served on a research advisory board at Sherman College of Chiropractic. Dr. Henry has presented at continuing education programs for the South Carolina Chiropractic Association, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Parker University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been recognized by managed care companies for cost efficiency. He is a member of the SC Chiropractic Association, the SC Public Health Association, and the International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression. He has volunteered at Greenville Rescue Mission since 2006, providing chiropractic services to the homeless.


Topic expertise

Licensed chiropractic physician: South Carolina (Therapeutic Modalities Qualified) and North Carolina. Published in peer-reviewed chiropractic journals. Postgraduate continuing education speaker at chiropractic colleges. Qualified as an expert in the field of chiropractic medicine, Greenville County Court.



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