The demand for physical therapy is on the rise! Alongside aging, we’re seeing an increase in chronic injuries (potentially due to poor posture) and musculoskeletal injuries (approximately 8.6 million). This should be no surprise as there were about 72.5 million baby boomers who are now in their later years requiring physical therapy...and millennials, which represent about 25% of the population, are right behind them. So dare we say it, physical therapy is primed to a “booming” necessity for many now and in the years to come.
But times they are a-changin'... and there’s a need for advanced, yet simple and elegant, technologies both within and outside the physical therapy clinic to improve patient outcomes.
In this day and age, we are seeing virtual healthcare gaining ground. So the walls of the clinic are slowly coming down. Also, if there’s not “an app for that” where practitioners can reach people on their phones or tablets then they are behind the curve and missing out. We are seeing new and emerging technologies breaking through in medicine but a disconnect amongst patients, doctors, and optimal recovery.
What if ______?
What if one device and system could (all powered by an app) flip the script in healthcare?
What if it could...
...provide a simple, easy, cost-effective way to decrease pain, increase strength, and improve recovery times?
...improve communication between the doctor, the physical therapist (physical therapists are also doctors), and the patient?
...and save time and increase revenue?
What If Introducing PowerDot MT
PowerDot MT has broken the barriers plaguing patients and doctors and is disrupting the medical space like none other before. PowerDot MT has set the new precedent of efficiently improving patient outcomes.
Just as Tesla, Apple, Google, and many other companies wreaked havoc and disruption that benefitted the masses, so too is PowerDot MT going where no company or product has gone before.
By introducing a single device, powered on a single app, to provide direct medical access and attention for all.
And all this...through a single combined FDA cleared NMES+TENS unit.
(NMES = Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation; TENS = Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
PowerDot MT Helping Physical Therapists Overcome Obstacles
We must tip our caps to the demands and obstacles that physical therapists overcome. However, these obstacles impede progress. To impede progress is to remain stagnant. Every clinician aims to be at the forefront of patient care and PowerDot MT ensures practitioners advance beyond the obstacles that hinder progress.
Obstacle One: Space
Most clinics have a couple of NMES+TENS units on a giant cart that takes up a lot of space.
The solution PowerDot MT brings to the table is that it’s so small it can actually fit under the therapy table. In fact, there could be one under every single table all controlled by one single Ipad that can stick on a wall. There are not even any wires! Someone could actually be sitting on a plane and you’d have no idea they are getting NMES or TENS. So, say goodbye to the obtuse, large, and clunky electrical stimulation devices that are not only expensive but archaic and difficult to use.
Obstacle 2: Time
As mentioned above, with the growing aging population and increase in injuries, physical therapy clinics are jammed packed. This leaves precious but minimal time between the patient and the physical therapist.
With PowerDot MT, clinicians can execute up to 16 simultaneous sessions from one device and select, 25+ NMES Rehab, 30+ TENS/Pain Management, 10+ Performance and Massage built-in protocols addressing over 50+ medical conditions and problems. These scientifically predesigned programs were created to save time and improve patient-centered care.
But wait, there’s more!
Let’s say one of the 50+ preset programs are not ideal for the patient. PowerDot MT provides the physical therapist autonomy to customize protocols based on the individual needs of the patient. Once again, enhancing patient-centered care.
Obstacle 3: Patient Retention
Fun fact, 20% of patients stop attending physical therapy after their third visit and 70% will fail to complete their whole course of care. That’s a lot of money that is left on the table! This may be due to the fact that patients don’t see results fast enough and trying to get to the physical therapy clinic is difficult.
PowerDot MT is quite literally knocking down the walls of the clinic. PowerDot MT eliminates these excuses which can increase patient retention and help patients to complete their required physical therapy, though it may be in a virtual environment.
Care today is centralized to a clinic. PowerDot MT tears down the walls of the clinic by allowing patients to also take a unit home. The practitioner can now remotely put together an at-home plan that the patient can follow all on their phone. Everything is in the palm of their hand. Patients can leave notes and communicate all via the PowerDot MT app. The clinic is now anywhere the patient is.
Obstacle 4: Patient Adherence
Only 35% of physical therapy patients fully adhere to their plans of care. This means that recovery is not optimal nor efficient. And it’s to no fault of the physical therapists as they prescribe at home exercises, stretches, and other rehabilitation modalities to ensure full recovery success. However, this is usually a double-sided piece of paper that gets used as a napkin in the patient's car and shoved under the seat. To impact people these days we must reach them through their phone.
PowerDot MT provides a tangible device for the patient with everything they need in an app on their phone. What’s great is that patient’s do not have to figure anything out on their own. Programs are pre-designed for them and all they have to do is hit go. Patient’s can execute sessions scheduled by the clinician, follow frequency patterns, receive timely push notifications about upcoming and missed sessions, provide/leave interactive stimulation session feedback, as well as engage into direct chat/voice/video communication with their physical therapist or technical support. There are numerous reasons why patients don’t adhere to programs, however, PowerDot MT is the best choice for the physical therapist to play a more active role in helping patients to adhere to a program.
Obstacle 5: Communication
Communication between the doctor, physical therapist, and the patient can become like old tangled headphones you pull-out of your bag. To ensure proper course of action, or clearance for return to play, it’s beneficial for the medical doctor to know the “in’s and out’s” of the patient’s therapy and recovery process.
With PowerDot MT, direct communication is enabled between clinicians. Practitioners can temporarily or permanently transfer patients and their records to colleagues within the same or different clinics, maintain patients profiles and history using interactive patient notes, as well as track patient/caregiver compliance for remote (home) sessions. This promotes a more collaborative caring network.
Now, there are more obstacles than this, but PowerDot MT removes barriers that limit the growth and progress of a physical therapy clinic. PowerDot MT is the key to unlocking the untapped potential in every physical therapy or physiotherapy clinic around the globe to not only increase revenue but impact more patient’s lives.
A Practical Example
There is a strong argument for why PowerDot MT should be required in all physical therapy/physiotherapy clinics across the world. PowerDot MT is the missing element.
Though much evidence exists supporting the use of NMES for recovery, let’s take a look at a practical example of how virtual rehabilitation with NMES compares to therapy in a clinic setting.
For example, let’s look at total knee replacement (TKR) patients. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, by 2030, TKR is projected to grow by up to 189% (approximately 1.28 million procedures). TKR revisions are expected to grow by 190% (approximately 120,000 procedures).
When comparing conventional physical therapy versus NMES after surgery…
…(so an at home program with NMES vs conventional physical therapy with a licensed therapist, including range of motion exercises and strengthening exercises)...
Results revealed that physical therapy within a clinic vs UNSUPERVISED NMES with range of motion exercises AT HOME resulted in no functional advantage or difference in patient satisfaction. Using NMES in the rehabilitation of these patients has a huge impact on recovery and telerehabilitation has demonstrated to improve clinical outcomes. It’s apparent that at home utilization of NMES may benefit patients even without the supervision of a clinician.
Now, imagine what is possible with the therapist playing an active role?! PowerDot MT is FDA cleared and designed to be a part of every aspect of rehabilitation from pain management to improving functional performance to keep patients active in all walks of life. So take a step from stagnation and move forward with PowerDot MT into the future of patient-centered care.