Does Spending More Money Improve Patient Back and Neck Pain Conditions?

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  spine-related expenditures have increased but without any evidence of improvement in patient conditions.  However, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), patients who receive physical therapy for musculoskeletal disorders, including back and neck pain, have reported positive outcomes at lower costs than using surgery or drugs.  Roger Karsten, President of Dynamic Physical Therapy in Cadillac, Michigan states that “Consumers, patients should understand that physical therapy offers a low-cost, high-value alternative to drugs and surgery when  musculoskeletal pain is present”.

Back and neck conditions can be treated more effectively by hands-on physical therapy by mobilizing the spine. Many patients that have chronic and disabling lower back pain account for more expenses and worker’s compensation costs so if surgery and a chronic condition can be prevented it will save a vast amount of money.

Physical therapists are health care professionals who use treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, restore function, reduce pain,  and prevent disability” says Karsten.   Developing fitness and wellness oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles is also necessary.”

Using state of the art physical therapy solutions is vital in accomplishing these goals. One of the latest developments in physical therapy products is the TUTOR system. Consisting of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR, these products were originally designed for patients with disabled limbs resulting from Parkinson’s, stroke, CP, MS, brain and spinal cord injuries and other upper or lower limb surgeries or diseases. However the TUTORs  can also be used both as a preventative for severe injuries as well as for more minor medical issues where the limb needs strengthening. The TUTORs are gloves or braces that are strategically located and then with sensors connect to exclusive computerized exercise games. Physical therapists record and evaluate patient progress on these games and then design a customized intensive exercise program for that patient. The TUTORs are now successfully being used in rehabilitation hospitals and clinics worldwide and can also be utilized in the patient’s home through telerehabilitation. Fully certified by the FDA and CE the TUTORs are available for adults and children from the age of 5 and up. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.


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