What to expect on your first visit?
When scheduling your first visit the staff will direct patients to our website so they may fill out the required patient information and privacy statements.  Your initial exam and consultation will last anywhere from 40 minutes to 1 hour.  Some form of treatment may or may not be preformed on the first visit.  If you have X-rays, MRI’s or laboratory exams that were already preformed we ask that you bring them to your first visit so Dr. Buncke may review them.  If after your initial exam Dr. Buncke deems it necessary for X-Rays or laboratory work (i.e. blood draws) our staff will help you make an appointment with a local outpatient-testing center.  West Hills Open MRI imaging center and Heritage Valley Thorn Run Road facility are within a 5 minute drive from our office.

Our office is an in-network provider with Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, UPMC Health Plan, Cigna, United Health Plan, Health America/Health Assurance and Devon Health Plans. If you have questions about insurance please do not hesitate to speak with our office staff regarding your benefits.  We are happy to assist you with any and all insurance questions that you might have and can verify your benefits prior to beginning treatment. 

Functional Testing
This is also known as Outcomes Management and Assessment or Physical Performance Testing.  Functional testing is designed as a battery of tests that are used to evaluate all of the aspects of functional abilities that are specific to certain job tasks.  This form of testing incorporates activities such as sitting, lifting, carrying objects or weights a distance, pulling, kneeling, balance and fine motor skills.  This type of testing is more commonly used to evaluate injuries in the area of Worker’s Compensation.

Physical Performance Testing is used for diagnosis purposes and to help support a patient’s physical complaints.  Physical performance testing can help identify the “weak-links” of body mechanics at or near the site of an injury.  Assessment of these “weak-links” can help Dr Buncke create a specialized treatment and rehabilitation program that can address the “weak-links” of the body.  It is our goal that by using these testing procedures we can create a baseline for future comparison, allow our patients to better understand their condition and how it is to be treated inside and outside of the office and to help our patients avoid re-injury.

Examples of tests used in our office are:

  • Range of motion assessments
  • One leg standing tests for balance
  • Straight leg raise and hip range of motion for the lower back
  • Static neck muscle endurance
  • Static lower back muscle endurance
  • Written Questionnaires:
    1. Health status questionnaire
    2. Pain chart and visual analogue scales
    3. Rolland Morris Questionnaire for low back pain
    4. Revised Oswestry low back pain disability questionnaire
    5. Neck Disability Index Questionnaire
    6. Headache Disability Index with a Headache Journal