Due to the Opioid crisis, patients on controlled medication will be tested monthly for continued treatment at $50 per drug test. Office Visits will be a $150 flat fee for patients on opioid narcotics, plus the aforementioned $50 drug test.
New patients are required to:
1. Submit medical records, including MRI and Xray results ahead of appointment
2. Pay $200 up front every visit before treatment.
Failure of drug tests will result in patient discharge.
- Lihua Zhang, M.D.
Treatment Anecdotes - Names withheld
A small sample of typical patients that we treat. What's your story?
The Car Wreck
Frequently patients book appointments after they are rear-ended. Neck pain and back pain are common symptoms after car accidents, but the longer you wait, the harder the symptoms are to treat.
An elderly couple booked appointments for treatment after they were rear-ended the previous year. While the insurance companies argued in court, the couple - uncertain if the court would rule in their favor, sought treatment after chiropractors and physical therapy was costly but failed to relieve their pain.
While we recommended the patients come in three times a week for the first two weeks, the couple could only afford to come every two weeks. But in three treatments, the couple was able to knock their pain down from a 6 out of 10 to a tolerable two.
The Botched Surgery
Often we receive calls from people who have undergone surgery for pain relief - only to have the pain return within months, stronger, unrelieved - baffling these patients.
A woman who underwent neck and back surgery a decade ago, booked an appointment at the office. After two weeks of regular treatments, she stated that her pain was significantly improved - thought not entirely gone.
With the addition of medical marijuana, this woman now has her pain controlled, and her life stabilized.
The Bedridden Grandfather
A Grandfather was brought in by wheelchair to our office one day. Restless and irritable, he was experiencing debilitating pain and was unable to be treated with medication due to his advanced age. He had remained in bed at home, and was watched over by his worried family. He also said he didn't believe in Acupuncture.
After weekly visits for two months, his attitude gradually changed, and even looked forward to the visits with our physician. His pain was reduced to tolerable levels from a combination of Acupuncture treatments, and following the doctor's lifestyle and exercise recommendations, his pressure ulcers healed.
He can also walk again.
The Working Mother
A mom booked an appointment at our office one day, complaining of aggravating neck and low back pain. She was afraid of taking pain medications, citing the opioid crisis and the fear of addiction to pain medication.
We provided acupuncture treatment, and while the pain was reduced, she had to come back monthly for repeated treatments due to her job re-aggravating her condition.
She still comes in for monthly maintenance visits, but picked up an inflatable flexible back brace from the office to wear at work and home.
Office Visit Consult
$150 New Patient initial consultation (Cash patient price) Comes with complementary lifestyle recommendations and nutrition consult.
For patients on Opioid Narcotics, drug tests are mandatory every month for continued treatment. $50 per test. Double failure of test may result in patient discharge.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted at Office
Cost of visit depend on patient deductible and copay. Cash patients accepted. We also take Check, Credit, and Debit card payments.
Coverage for Your Medical Needs
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Louisiana, FEP, Out of State
including National Association of Letter Carriers
Medicare Part B
including Railroad Medicare
3004 19th St, Metairie, LA 70002, USA