for Albany, Colonie & Schenectady, NY
Our office uses durable medical equipment to supplement our in-office treatments and to improve both short and long-term outcomes for patients. These supplies work to reduce pain, improve posture, reduce strain on parts of the body, reduce inflammation, and stabilize certain body structures.
Aspen Lumbar Support Braces:
Providing anterior and posterior motion restriction, the Horizon™ 631 LSO is the perfect blend of comfort and support, promoting a rapid recovery and return to mobility. Designed to relieve low back pain, the Horizon 631 provides a therapeutic level of compression for patients recovering from surgery or injury. One-size adjustable, all Horizon braces comfortably fit waists ranging from 24-70 inches* and can be worn underneath clothing. Like all Horizon braces, the Horizon 631 LSO can be stepped down to the Horizon PRO (Pain Relief Orthosis) for the treatment of recurring back pain.
A “TENS unit” is a pocket size, portable, battery-operated device that sends electrical impulses to certain parts of the body to block pain signals. The electrical currents produced are mild, but they can prevent pain messages from being transmitted to the brain and may raise the level of endorphins (natural pain killers produced by the brain).
TENS units should only be used under the direction of a doctor, physical therapist, or occupational therapist. Electrodes are attached to the surface of the skin over or near the area where you are experiencing pain. It is important that you learn how to properly place the electrodes; operate the unit; change the batteries; vary the controls and settings (frequency and voltage); set the proper duration and intensity of the stimulation (depending on the location and type of pain).
TENS units are prescribed for both acute pain and chronic pain conditions. For some chronic pain patients, a TENS unit provides pain relief that can last for several hours. For others, a TENS unit may help reduce the amount of pain medications needed. Some patients hook the unit onto a belt, making it more portable, so they can turn it on and off as needed.
For those who experience arthritis with pain in the neck and shoulders, TracCollar, a therapeutic neck traction collar, will help to take the pressure of gravity off the stiff and painful joints in comfort and help to improve mobility of cervical spine. TracCollar is an air powered neck traction collar which helps relieve downward pressure on cervical spine discs. This removes compressive forces which helps to reduce herniations, disc protrusions, bulges and eases the pain of pinched nerves and associated symptoms, which can cause the pain to radiate into the shoulder, arm and hand. By decreasing pressure, it also improves the blood flow to the neck, shoulders and arms, which can lead to reduced tension and promote healing, as well as to relax muscles.
TracCollar is operated by 2 hand held inflation bulbs that are easy on the hand to pump – only 15 pumps to full traction - a great feature for those with hand arthritis! Each hand pump inflates one side of the collar and then both combined create an upward pressure on the head, providing traction and relieving pressure from compressed discs, pinched nerves, irritated joints and stiff muscles – a major cause of neck pain.
You are under complete control of the neck traction, customizing the level of traction force. Through inflation you are able to precisely control the amount of traction for both the right and left side of the neck. This provides an advantage over other types of inflatable traction devices and allows more or less traction to be applied to a specific side, which can be beneficial with different types of disc herniations, arthritic formations, or scoliosis conditions.
The TracCollar is easy to use, comfortable, safe and effective. It is recommended by medical doctors, physical therapists & chiropractors as an effective home treatment or for continued in office therapy in the comfort of your own home, office or when traveling.