CONVERGE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
Delivering an effective long-term solution for chronic low back pain inside the convenience of the patient’s own home.
ODG recommended, specialized medical strengthening equipment provides effective in-home rehabilitation for chronic low back pain and injury.
Custom designed, interactive rehabilitation software creates a user-friendly, HIPAA compliant interface. This engages patients in their program and transmits treatment data to the patient’s care team and referring physician.
Our unique combination of technology and innovation increases low back strength and function to reduce symptoms and change patient lives.
Innovation and Organization
Converge Medical Technology, LLC (CMT) is a health services company that provides convenient, in-home treatment solutions for patients with chronic low back pain. The MedX lumbar extension machine is recommended by the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) and approved by the FDA.
Our evidence-based treatment program utilizes scientifically proven clinical protocols and an innovative patient centric approach to care that improves back strength and function, resolves symptoms and helps patients avoid costly and unnecessary treatments and surgeries.
This smart and innovative approach to treatment drastically improves patient outcomes and quality of life to reduce claim costs and health care reutilization.
Recommended By The Official Disability Guidelines (ODG)
For over three decades, medical research has been conducted world wide on patients with low back pain to demonstrate the clinical efficacy of the MedX equipment.
As a result of this research, MedX has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for chronic low back pain and it is recommended by the ODG - The Industry Leading Medical Treatment and Return To Work Guidelines.
The ability of the MedX technology to materially decrease chronic low back pain, restore spinal function, and improve patient quality of life is a direct result of the equipment’s patented restraint system that immobilizes the pelvis and isolates the lumbar spine. Isolation of the lumbar spine prevents patients from recruiting their leg muscles during the exercise and as a result the training effect is applied directly to the low back.
Today, aggressive exercise therapy is being favored by medical professionals over traditional passive treatments or spinal surgery for chronic low back pain and the MedX lumbar extension machine is uniquely designed and manufactured to achieve this goal.
Interactive Smart Technology
Creating a high quality, interactive experience with patients is integral to our success because the experience engages them in their treatment and positions them at the center of their own care.
Interactive smart technology provides patients with feedback about improvements in low back strength, endurance, range of motion, and function to engage them in their treatment program and create positive improvements in symptoms.
By providing patients with daily goals and progress feedback, the interactive experience positively reinforces utilization of the technology and builds confidence in the patient’s ability to improve their low back strength and function.
Our patient-centric model is enhanced by the inclusion of in-home and telephonic clinicians who are specifically trained in motivational strategies to inspire patients to make meaningful changes in their behavior to increase compliance, improve the likelihood of successful treatment outcomes and reduce the occurrence of fear avoidant behaviors that undermine progress.
Results That Change Lives
More than 75 peer-reviewed medical journal articles have been published confirming the MedX technology’s ability to decrease chronic low back pain, restore spinal function, improve patient quality of life and independence, and decrease or eliminate the need for ongoing spinal care.
Our proven solution succeeds where other treatments fail and helps patients get off the “merry go round” of recurring care utilization. We offer a structured approach that provides a long term solution for back pain, reduces medical costs, prevents surgery and improves patient health.
Restorative Exercise For Chronic Low Back Pain
(Scott Leggett, MS, Vert Mooney, MD, Leonard N. Matheson, PhD, Brian Nelson, MD, Ted Dreisinger, PhD, Jill Van Zytveld, BA, L. Vie, BA)
Strengthening of the lumbar spine in chronic back pain patients results in clinical benefits of increased strength, quality of life and reduction in pain. Most importantly, it reduces cost by minimizing reuse of the health care system. The rate of reduction in this study was 88%.
Can Spinal Surgery Be Prevented By Aggressive Strengthening Exercise?
(Brian W. Nelson, MD, David M. Carpenter, MS, Thomas E. Dreisinger, PhD, Michelle Mitchell, PTA, Charles E. Kelly, MD, Joseph A. Wegner, MD)
92% of patients who had been recommended for surgery avoided the procedure after completion of the MedX program. These surgeries included lumbar laminectomies, discectomies and fusions. $3.4 million dollars were saved in surgical costs.
Results That Reduce Costs
Employers are faced with the increasing burden of controlling healthcare costs and treating chronic back pain - a common medical condition among most employees - is costly and complicated and failed back pain treatments are a big part of the $3.3 trillion dollar problem.
Chronic back pain is the leading cause for lost work days, accounting for 40% of all employee absences and over $100 billion dollars in treatment costs.
Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability in U.S. adults, and is the 6th leading health care cost center.
Over 149 million days of work per year are lost because of low back injuries.
15% to 20% of all employees with back pain are chronic and account for 80%-85% of all back pain related costs.
The cost of treating back pain is increasing:
- 629% increase in Medicare expenditures for epidural steroid injections.
- 423% increase in expenditures for opioids for back pain.
- 307% increase in the number of lumbar magnetic resonance images.
- 220% increase in spinal fusion surgery rates.
"Over 31 million people experience back pain each year and an estimated 6.2 million of them would be relevant for the MedX Home Lumbar Extension Machine."