Three Amazing Breakthroughs in Physical Therapy

Physical therapy has been integral to orthopedic medicine for decades, as it allows patients who have physical limitations from musculoskeletal injuries or chronic conditions to minimize pain, restore their strength, and live more independently. While the basic practices of physical therapy have been in place for years, new technologies are always in development to improve patient care. The following technological breakthroughs have been particularly beneficial in the field of physical therapy, as they utilize advanced knowledge of biomechanics and the body’s natural healing processes to promote successful long-term healing, even in cases that were previously thought untreatable.

Radical Shockwave Therapy

Chronic pain is a complex problem, which may be treated with a number of modalities, including prescription pain medication and surgery. Unfortunately, these therapies can have significant side effects and fail to fully resolve pain at its source. Radical shockwave therapy offers a non-invasive alternative, in which high-energy acoustic waves are targeted toward painful areas to jump start the body’s natural regenerative process to repair bones, connective tissues, and muscles.

Ekso Bionic Suit

While a bionic suit may sound like something straight out of science fiction, these devices are real and able to offer hope to individuals with lower body paralysis or extreme muscle weakness in the legs. The Ekso bionic suit uses battery powered motors to move the legs with a natural pattern of standing and walking operated through three different control mechanisms to allow progressive improvement in these activities.

Video Game Therapies

When you think about playing video games, you might envision sitting on a couch in front of a television screen, but with motion capture technologies in modern gaming systems, video games can actually be beneficial for patients in physical therapy. Training exercises can improve range of motion and gross motor coordination while the patient remains engaged and entertained with a system that can easily be used at home.

At Baxter & Walsh Physical Therapy & Rehabilitative Services, we have invested in advanced patient care technologies to treat a wide range of conditions in our Bay Shore and Wantagh offices. Our physical therapists are New York State licensed and take part in ongoing training to utilize the most sophisticated and innovative treatments available. To schedule a consultation with us today, call (631) 206-2989 or (516) 826-0116.