It happened. You were injured, underwent a surgical procedure on one of your joints — maybe a knee or an ankle or a shoulder — and you’ve moved into the most important part of the healing process: physical therapy and rehabilitation. Your doctor or attending physician has prescribed something to you called a CPM machine, but you have no idea what that is, how it works, or where to even get one. Good things you found today’s blog from the Medcom Group.
The Medcom Group has been a leading supplier of durable medical goods for physical therapy and rehabilitation since 1988, and in the last couple of decades has moved into providing direct access to these machines, at great prices, through online sales and rentals for patients and doctors alike. Today, we will explore what exactly a CPM machine is, how it works, and where you can find the best prices and support for your CPM machine. Read on to learn more or call us directly at (833) 387-6086 today.
CPM stands for, “continuous passive motion.” These devices are intended to help speed the recovery of a joint after surgery through some pretty important benefits. Despite the fact that some of the CPM machine equipment you may see online can look pretty “new-agey,” CPM machines have been helping people heal since the late 1970s.
Designed specifically for use in knee replacement recovery at first, the concept of the CPM machine, created by Robert B Salter in 1970, and designed by John Saringer in 1978, has since expanded to provide physical rehabilitation options for soft tissue trauma and post-surgical recovery in toes, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers. In some cases, CPM Machines are even used to help stroke victims who are struggling with moving a side or portion of their body.
The way that a CPM machine works is actually quite simple, despite the laundry list of complex benefits that it offers to you. Simply put, a continuous passive motion machine stabilizes your affected joint, and then progresses it gently through a predetermined range of motion. As your healing progresses, the range of motion is increased.
So how does this help you heal? Simple. When a joint — let’s just say your knee for the sake of our discussion here — experiences trauma, like surgery, your body begins to pump fluid into the joint to stiffen it and hinder its movement. Biologically, this makes sense. But with the development of advanced medical procedures that can fix what is wrong, such inflammation actually impedes your ability to recover.
The CPM machine allow the joint — your knee in this case — to be passively moved. No muscle tension or strain is placed on the joint. However, the continuous passive movement allows the fluid restricting the joint to be flushed away safely and can prevent pain, swelling, and even the formation of scar tissue. All of this promotes a fast and optimal recovery.
So now that you know a little bit more about what a CPM machine is and how it can help you recover from a joint surgery, the looming question that remains is, “where can I get one without breaking the bank?”
Durable medical goods that aid in physical recovery from joint trauma — like a CPM machine — aren’t cheap. However, in many cases, insurance can help with the costs. Additionally, the Medcom Group offers CPM machine rentals, so you don’t have to purchase an expensive machine that you only need for a couple of weeks or months. It’s just one more way that we work hard to provide the best and most affordable options for our clients.
The Medcom Group has a full range of CPM machines and CPM brands available to you to rent or to buy as meets your needs best. Visit us online to see our entire inventory of CPM machines today, or give us a call and let us help you with everything from finding the right machine to helping you navigate your insurance claim for the fastest results. We look forward to helping you onto the road to an optimal recovery.