Durable Medical Equipment
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) is defined as equipment that supplies therapeutic benefits to a patient due to a specific medical condition or illness. DME is the standard term used by insurance companies to provide such devices. At Discover Optimal Healthcare, we offer a variety of DMEs to treat most injuries, medical conditions and illnesses. The equipment we provide includes:
Spine Orthotics – Orthotics are devices that are utilized to aid or align a body part that has been weakened by injury, disease or a medical condition. Spine orthotic devices can be used to control pain, protect against further injury, assist in muscle weakness or serve as a kinesthetic guide. At Discover Optimal we offer spine orthotics to help patients with back and spine issues for increased stability and alleviate force on injured or immobile areas.
Knee Braces – Knee pain and injury are common place among active individuals and older people, especially those with a history of knee pain and injuries. Braces can be used to prevent further injury or to stabilize the knee after a recent incident or condition. We offer knee braces across the scale, from preventative to functional and rehabilitative.
TENS Units – The acronym TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. TENS Units are primarily used for nerve conditions. A TENS Unit will send a pulse on the surface of the skin that stimulates the nerve strands. This prevents pain signals from reaching the brain.
Cervical Traction and Collars – Between 50-70% of all people will suffer from neck pain or injury at some point in their life. Cervical traction is a light stretching of the neck, or cervical spine. A cervical collar – or a neck brace as it is more commonly known – is a medical device used to support a person’s neck. If you experienced neck pain or whiplash, a cervical DME may help reduce pain and restrict movement to allow the cervical spine to heal properly.
Ankle and Foot Orthoses (AFO) – The ankle and foot are two of the more complex systems within the human body. With so many bones and ligaments – in addition to the constant use due to walking and running – makes ankles and feet highly susceptible to injuries. Orthoses that support the ankle and foot are imperative to controlling instabilities to maintain proper alignment and motion. Ensuring that the proper support is provided can be used in both preventative and healing measures.
Wrist Brace – Along with the foot and ankle, the wrist and hand also have a complex system of multiple bones and ligaments. Wrist braces can be used for trauma that is not the result of a fracture, such as a sprain. These braces can also be implemented to immobilize the wrist after post-op procedures and in the case of a fracture.
Scoliosis DMEs – Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is shaped, curved, angled or bent abnormally. This condition is most common in children, but can also occur in adults as well. DMEs for scoliosis are intended to correct the abnormalities in the spine and return it to a normal and stable position.
Lumbar-Sacral Orthosis (LSO) – Used primarily for fractured vertebrae, an LSO stabilizes the back to prevent further damage and to allow the back to heal. Many people are given an LSO after back surgeries. This device can be worn while sitting or standing and is custom fit to the waist and pelvis.
Thoracic Sacral Orthosis Brace (TLSO) – A TLSO is a back brace. This device also serves to keep a patient’s back straight after surgery. Most post-surgery patients are required to wear this brace for an average time of 10-12 weeks, or until the back is fully healed. A TLSO has a plastic outer shell and a soft padded liner. This brace is also customized to fit your body.
IV Bags – Everyone has likely had an IV bag in their lifetime. An IV bag is used for rehydration treatment. During the IV process, fluids are injected into the veins. The fluids that are put in an IV bag can be different depending on the need of the patient. However, the most common fluids are water with a little salt or sugar mixed in.
Upper Extremity Orthotics – There are two types of extremity orthotics, upper extremity orthotics and lower extremity orthotics. Upper extremity orthotics include braces for the arms, hands, fingers, wrists and elbow. No matter the injury, Discover Optimal has an orthotic that will stabilize and heal your injury to get you back to 100 percent.
As you can see at Discover Optimal Healthcare, we have all of the DMEs you will need to help you recover from your injury or accident quickly and effectively. If you are in need of orthotics, a brace or other medical equipment, come to Discover Optimal Healthcare and start the healing process today!