The disruption and delay of elective orthopedic surgical procedures in 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions has been unprecedented. Further, post-operative care, in particular Physical Therapy has been negatively impacted due to necessary patient health and safety precautions. This has resulted in patients experiencing delays and increased recovery times. Patients that do not have adequate access to post-operative physical therapy may suffer disproportionately from stiff joints resulting in severe motion loss. In short this circumstance significantly impacts positive patient outcomes.
Patients suffering from severe motion loss need help, in response to the disruption caused by the pandemic Ermi has introduced new methods to deliver and train patients on our motion restoring programs while reducing the risk of spreading the infection.
Ermi will continue to focus on innovation! New care delivery models that allow patients to recover faster and reduce the need to travel for care are going to remain important. Providing technology to assist the therapist in both stretching and monitoring the patient will be key to reducing the length of recovery and cost to the healthcare system.
The new Ermi Flexionater+™ dual modality range of devices will enable patients to stretch both flexion and extension with one innovative solution. Additionally, Ermi will deploy a new App that will provide clinically proven accurate range of motion measurements from pictures of the affected joint, allowing for more timely and efficient patient monitoring.
As the cost of healthcare continues to rise, avoiding unnecessary surgical procedures is paramount. Ermi’s clinically proven range of motion restoring program should always be considered as an alternative to secondary or revision surgery. The Ermi Patient Care Program is >90% effective with zero reported complications.
One of the keys to restoring the range of motion is steady and consistent stretching of the affected joint. Patients apply a highly controlled and powerful stretch reducing recovery time. Since the patient is in full control and receives feedback on the stretch both in the affected joint and in the unaffected arm controlling the stretch gives them the comfort and confidence to push a little harder each time.
Patients follow a simple and time-efficient protocol in the comfort of their home, supplementing their weekly physical therapy visits. The program decreases recovery time and is +90% effective avoiding secondary surgery thus reducing the total healthcare costs by approximately $8,600 per patient.
As the healthcare community continues to focus on improving outcomes and lowering costs, we predict an increased demand for our highly successful patient care programs. Giving patients the freedom to move without restrictions and improve their quality of life will continue to be the focus of all clinicians.