Since many of our readers are interested in articles about the quality and cost of healthcare in Mexico, I decided to do a quick post about Linda’s recent visit to a physical therapist in Tulum, Mexico.
Just to give you some background, Linda has had a long history of back problems. She has scoliosis and in 2004 she fractured her back when she fell out of our attic during a hurricane.
You’re probably wondering what she was doing in an attic in the middle of a hurricane. Well, it’s a long story, but the here’s the Reader’s Digest version.
A Bad Hurricane Season
In 2004, we had three major hurricanes pass over our house in the course of only two months. The first hurricane (Charley) did extensive damage to our house. When the second one (Frances) rolled through two weeks later, the house wasn’t as watertight as it used to be, and water started pouring in through damaged sections of the roof.
I went into the attic through the garage access to survey the damage. I asked Linda to hand me a large bucket and she climbed the folding wooden ladder to bring it to me. The ladder buckled and she fell about 10 feet, fracturing her back. The injury was serious enough to require surgery a few weeks later.
While she was home recovering from surgery, the third major hurricane (Jeanne) rolled through. It didn’t do any additional damage to our house, but it did knock out the electricity for a week. Poor Linda had to sit in the dark in dead of Summer with stitches in her back.
Some Much Needed Relief
The majority of the time, Linda’s back doesn’t give her any trouble but that old pain can return quickly and without notice. Whenever that happens, the first thing that she does is contact her physical therapist in Tulum via Whatsapp to make an appointment.
It’s amazing what a difference a one-hour session can make. Before the appointment, she can barely get in and out of the car, but immediately afterwards, she’s almost pain free and walking normally.
The session consists of stretching, massage, ultrasound therapy, heat therapy, and the use of a TENS unit.
The cost (without insurance) per session is $350 pesos, or about $18.91 USD.
It works so well, that one session is normally all it takes to fix the problem.
Let’s Wrap This Up
I didn’t bother to do the research to see how much this type of treatment would cost without insurance in the U.S., but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it probably costs more than $20 USD.