What makes the AposTherapy® treatment so successful?
The reason AposTherapy® has worked for so many patients is that it is personalized to each one’s specific needs. The process begins with a full, in-depth clinical consultation of the patient’s problem joints, pain levels and day-to-day restrictions. This evaluation forms the basis of a personalized one-hour-a-day treatment program, which blends effortlessly into the patient’s daily life.
What is the technology behind AposTherapy®?
AposTherapy® treatment includes a personally-adjusted, foot-worn biomechanical device that includes Pods – convex sole attachments under your forefoot and heel. Your clinician selects and positions the most suitable Pods to realign your body, release pressure from your painful joints and retrain your muscles through controlled micro-instability.
What do AposTherapy® consultations include?
During your initial consultation, your clinician will perform several examinations in order to personalize the treatment program to your unique needs.
Over time, as you continue to use the AposTherapy® device, your body’s natural biomechanics should improve dramatically – your muscles and posture should become stronger and healthier. As a result, your foot-worn AposTherapy® device will need to be readjusted to fit your improved walking patterns.
Therefore, your therapist will continually reassess your program at follow-up consultations. During follow-up consultations you will repeat many of the examinations that you did at the initial consultation and when necessary your AposTherapy® device will be adjusted and your personalized treatment program updated, to ensure you reach optimal outcomes.
What does the computerized walking analysis check?
Joint and muscle pain typically cause the sufferer to compensate by changing their walking patterns. Stride gets shorter, walking speed decreases and the patient avoids putting weight on the painful area. As a result, the sufferer may limp, but not necessarily in an obvious manner.
At your initial consultation, a computerized gait analysis will provide an objective, scientific assessment of the way you walk – including load distribution on each leg, stride length, gait symmetry and more. This along with the rest of the assessment enables the clinician to customize the AposTherapy® program to your unique needs and objectively compare your progress throughout the treatment.
Do I have to exercise with AposTherapy®?
No. AposTherapy® transforms your normal routine into a positive and simple rehabilitation process. The treatment aligns your body and re-educates your muscles with minimal interruption to daily life. In fact, you won’t feel as if you’re working your muscles at all – you’ll just gradually notice improvement. Exercise in addition to AposTherapy® is helpful and your trained AposTherapy® clinician can advise you on which exercises will be best for you.
Do I have to set time aside for AposTherapy®?
AposTherapy® fits seamlessly into your everyday life and takes place wherever you are: at home, at work or outside. You only need to wear the device for about an hour a day. The treatment is easy to comply with, fits with your lifestyle and lets you decide the time and place.
How long does the AposTherapy® treatment process last?
The personalized treatment program continues for an average of 12 months. The length for you will depend on your specific clinical needs.
The process includes an initial visit to a trained AposTherapy® clinician for initial consultation, which typically lasts up to 1.5 hours and then 3 to 5 follow-up consultations, which typically last for around an hour each.
How long before improvement is felt?
Many patients say they feel some pain relief when trying the AposTherapy® device for the first time. In a survey of people who had been suffering for an average of 6 years, patients reported reduced pain within 4 weeks of starting AposTherapy® (1). A clinical study that monitored patients for two years indicates a lasting effect of AposTherapy® (2). As with any medical intervention, individual results may vary and it can take a good 6 months to start to notice the improvements.
Independent survey conducted by Network Research in Nov., 2009 amongst 150 AposTherapy® patients. 2. Bar-Ziv Y. et al. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2010:15(Suppl. C):C83
How long does symptom relief last?
New data about the long-term benefits of AposTherapy® continues to emerge. One recent clinical trial re-examined osteoarthritis patients two years after the original study had shown reduced pain and improved knee joint function with AposTherapy®. The follow-up found significant pain relief (63%) and improved knee joint function (65%) even after 24 months.
Bar-Ziv Y. et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11:179.
Who is not suitable for AposTherapy® treatment?
Generally, the AposTherapy® treatment is not suitable for individuals who:
- Have unexplained recurring falls
- Experience balance problems (that require using a walking aid indoors)
- Suffer from especially severe osteoporosis
Is AposTherapy® appropriate before joint replacement surgery?
If the surgery is in one month or more, AposTherapy® can help prepare the joint for the surgery and enable improved muscle activity until the surgery is performed. As a result of the treatment, the muscles should respond well to rehabilitation post-operatively, which will assist in returning you to normal function with less postoperative pain.
Is AposTherapy® appropriate after joint replacement surgery?
Yes. AposTherapy® enables efficient and relatively rapid rehabilitation, with less pain. AposTherapy® assists in the implementation of proper and symmetrical gait patterns following joint replacement and will improve stability and confidence when walking.
Is AposTherapy® safe?
Yes. AposTherapy® is non-surgical and drug-free. It is FDA-cleared as a medical device for treating knee OA and as a wellness device for treating other musculoskeletal conditions, including lower-back pain. AposTherapy® is appropriate for most patients of all ages, including elderly patients. All AposTherapy® patients are assessed for suitability and continuously monitored. Clinical experience indicates that any side effects are minimal and rare and may manifest in mild fatigue and muscle spasms. In rare cases where these appear, they pass very quickly as treatment progresses.
“They fitted me with my shoes and spent a lot of time adjusting them to make sure they were just right for me and that walking was very comfortable...I gradually was able to start to wear them outside of the house and to start walking in the park again, which is huge for me so it's great.”
Brooklyn NY, Torn Meniscus
“The first day that I came in here and I put these on, I cried...because I could move, and I could walk like a normal person again, and I hadn’t had that feeling in almost 2 years.”
“Out of everything that I’ve done in the past two years for some kind of treatment – this has been the most effective for me.”
“It’s crazy that it works...until you feel it yourself it’s hard to describe.”