Healthcare technology continues innovating each year to provide more advanced, well-rounded solutions to complex patient needs. By aligning your physical therapy (PT) technologies with the latest rehabilitation advancements, you can provide your patients with the highest level of care possible.
Physical therapy revolves around clinical innovation. Patients often struggle to reach their optimal outcomes because of healing complications, scheduling barriers, forgetting to exercise and more. The future of physiotherapy removes these barricades with advanced rehabilitation tools for more engaging patient care and in-depth recovery.
At MEG Business, we help physical therapy practices join the top 10% of private practices in the nation through our highly advanced practice management solutions. Work with us to learn more about the top PT technologies you should consider adopting at your practice.
Neuromuscular Re-Education & Electrical Stimulation Therapy
Electrical stimulation (e-stim) devices use mild electrical currents to mimic neuron signaling in a way that targets the patient’s muscles to make them contract. By stimulating muscle contractions, e-stim devices increase blood flow, which can improve healing, reduce inflammation and help repair injuries. The NEUBIE, for example, is a popular e-stim device that identifies and treats neurological functions for faster recovery.
Another excellent example of this physical therapy technology is BioSleeve. Patients can wear the lightweight sleeve during their appointments as they complete exercises so you can view insights on their health and performance rates.
Your practice may also offer milder, whole-body treatments, like PEMF, which can help patients recharge their health using magnetic energy.
Integrated Diagnostic Sensors
Integrated sensors connect to the patient for full-body diagnostics and informed recovery. Such devices may link to their central nervous system or heart, depending on the patient’s condition. For example, HRV Therapy syncs to a patient’s biofeedback from their heart, offering predictive training responses, identifying potential overuse injuries and helping you understand how their body responds to triggers.
Rehab robotics are all the rage lately, and for good reason. The technology allows patients with minimal mobility to practice improved movement and physical functioning. Robotic technology offers independent yet aided mobility with fine-tuning to the patient’s recovery needs.
Robotic PT technologies range from simple wrist or arm aids to whole-body suits. A few popular rehab robotics include the following:
- Ekso Bionics
PT-Focused Virtual Reality (VR) Games
PT is only effective when patients engage in their treatment and remember their exercises. A great way to keep patients engaged is with virtual reality games that incorporate their critical movements in an exciting way.
The Nintendo Switch game Ring Fit Adventure comes with a weighted steering wheel that can work well for arm- and hand-based exercises. If you prefer more controlled settings, providers like Corpus VR allow therapists to control the patient’s games based on biofeedback.
Machine-learning tools measure a patient’s movement, mobility and overall success during physical therapy exercises to provide detailed assessments, including corrections. PT providers can use AI to locate insights from a patient’s session that may have gone unnoticed. Patients may also be able to use such tools during at-home sessions to ensure that they’re exercising correctly.
Internal Automation Solutions
Providing excellent patient care also means streamlining your internal solutions so your patients can enjoy fast wait times, accurate payment experiences and unified communication. Internal practice management solutions allow you to automate processes like billing and credentialing to free up your staff for more patient-focused care.
For example, MEG’s virtual front desk solution is tailor-made exclusively for PT clinics, aiming to stop the continuous cycle of staff turnover at the front desk and streamlining personnel management. With a virtual front desk, you can trust seasoned experts to not only offer a welcoming and efficient front desk experience but also manage crucial tasks like patient registration, appointment scheduling, insurance verifications, authorizations and reauthorizations
At MEG Business, our comprehensive medical billing, credentialing, and virtual front desk services automate complex tasks so you can spend more time with patients. Contact MEG Business today at (727) 268-8500 to learn how our PT technologies can propel your clinic to the future.