Biofeedback for Physical Therapy
 
Biofeedback for Physical Therapy Physical therapy assessment methods rely a lot on observation, so outcomes depend heavily on the day and time of the session, the clinician performing the assessment, and their experiences with past clients. Biomechanical differences from client to client also contribute to an inconsistent viewpoint of a patient’s progress.   
  

If physical therapy clinics had access to an easy-to-use device that could record patient movement and analyze the effectiveness of treatment objectively, clinics would experience the following benefits.   

 

No More Trial and Error 

A common injury among runners is patellofemoral pain (PFP). Research indicates that slight deviations in movement patterns may cause PFP. However, therapists today will diagnose PFP without the information from a detailed gait analysis. As PFP deviations are undetectable to the human eye, such a diagnosis may not always lead to an accurate treatment method, which can worsen the PFP.   

 

Integrated Patient Preferences  

Different patient preferences influence your decision-making when creating a customized treatment method. Through evidence-based reporting, you can easily incorporate personal preference without compromising the appropriate course of treatment. 


Challenge Beliefs that Lack Supporting Evidence  

Physical therapy does not always have scientific evidence to back up recommended treatment methods.   There are many newer and supposedly more effective methods to treat common impairments, yet some practitioners rely solely on older ones they have proven over time. Evidence-based reporting could help your clinic develop its own scientific data to test, prove, and potentially disprove the effectiveness of different treatment methods, old and new.   


No More Lost Revenue 

Physical therapy is voluntary. Patients don’t have to attend all of the recommended sessions prescribed by their doctor. Without evidence to prove either treatment progress or the need for further treatment, patients may feel they have completed the desired amount of sessions and end treatment early. This not only poses a risk to the patient, but adds up to thousands of dollars in lost anticipated revenue for your clinic.   


Did you know? 

We recently surveyed 250 PT's at the 2017 APTA Combined Sections meeting and learned:      

  • 95% favor evidence-based equipment and reporting 
  • 75% believe that quality equipment increases the chance patients attend all their sessions 
  • 83% report that equipment with progress reporting will increase patient visits 
  • 50% of gait related therapies already involve use of a treadmill 
  • Gait related therapies account for roughly 25% of all cases   

Check out our new product, MPT Gait – Assessment & Biofeedback Therapy System to learn more.



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