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FINALLY, Some Good News About Back Pain!

Back pain is a huge problem in developed nations worldwide. It has or will affect most of us. The current estimate is that 80% of people will experience back pain at least once. It is the single biggest cause for disability, the third most common reason for doctor visits, and one of the most common reasons for missing work.

It’s also expensive. Back and neck pain makes up the biggest healthcare expense in the US, totaling $134 billion spent in 2016. The next two most expensive conditions were diabetes — $111 billion in spending — and ischemic heart disease at $89 billion.

Diabetes and heart disease being so expensive to treat doesn’t surprise most folks – they can both lead to other major problems, require long term medication, could require surgery, and both can be fatal. Back pain won’t kill you, usually doesn’t require long term medication, and usually doesn’t require surgery either. Why is it so expensive?

The first reason is that it’s so common. The second reason is that our current system isn’t very good at treating it. Current recommendations include starting with activity modification, and active treatments like physical therapy. Research backs this up, showing better outcomes and lower costs with early PT. Unfortunately, only 2% of people with back pain start with PT, and only 7% get to PT within 90 days. At the same time, a study looking at about 2.5 million people with back pain in JAMA showed that 32.3% of these patients received imaging within 30 days of diagnosis and 35.3% received imaging without a trial of physical therapy. Both of these things go against current practice guidelines for treatment of back pain.

A new pilot program being rolled out by TRICARE, the insurance system used throughout the US military is waiving the payment owed by the patient for up to three PT sessions in an attempt to improve the use of what the Defense Health Agency calls “high value” treatment for low back pain. The theory is that once a person sees some benefit from PT treatment, they’re likely to go back for more. This is the “try it before you buy it” approach – think of the 7-day free trial Netflix offers, free samples poured in wineries and craft breweries, or the folks you see standing around in supermarkets with food on toothpicks. TRICARE’s data seems to indicate that it works just as well for healthcare as it does for other businesses. In a press release they state that once people attend one session of physical therapy, they’re likely to go back for more, no matter what their co-pay is. But TRICARE found that higher co-pays could be a barrier to people trying that first visit. For the group of patients with the highest co-pays in the system, only 38% of the people prescribed PT attended the first visit. That’s about half the rate of attendance found in the lowest co-pay group.

The fact that such a major insurer is looking into the value of PT is great news for everyone. If TRICARE can show that lowering the cost of PT for patients can improve outcomes and save insurance companies money, other major insurers will likely follow. This could improve the lives of millions of people every year while reducing the huge cost of treating low back pain for the country. That seems like a win for everyone involved.

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Ver-ti-GO!

Did you know physical therapy can assist with symptoms associated with positional and non-positional vertigo? 

Vertigo can result in loss of balance, sensations of dizziness, nausea,  vomiting, etc. Balance is made up of three systems, including the somatosensory system  (touch), vestibular system, and visual system. The vestibular system is located within the inner ear and is responsible for maintaining equilibrium, spatial orientation, and detects movements of the head. There are many components of the vestibular system that can be responsible for these sensations and symptoms. The inner ear contains calcium carbonate crystals called otoconia, which can be responsible for positional vertigo. Positional vertigo is commonly provoked by lying down, looking up, bending over, and turning over in bed. A hallmark sign of positional vertigo is brief symptoms, commonly lasting under a minute following one of the provocative positions mentioned above. 

Positional vertigo is most common in women, older individuals with a peak onset in the 6th decade, and following a head injury. These crystals can become dislodged and free-floating within the semicircular canals, resulting in symptoms of dizziness with specific head movements. For example, if you visualize a bundle of grapes in a colander, the grapes are tightly connected initially, however, after aging and sitting in the colander for days, the connections between the grapes become weaker and more and more grapes are left sitting in the bottom of the colander throughout time. A physical therapist can work with you and assess your symptoms and eye movements with a series of tests/positions to determine the appropriate method of care. If your symptoms are a result of positional vertigo, the crystals can be repositioned into their appropriate location through a series of maneuvers, resulting in a  reduction in symptoms. Physical therapy can be a very effective treatment method, often achieving quick results. If you are experiencing symptoms that you believe are associated with positional vertigo, schedule a consult or evaluation with one of our physical therapists at  Breakthru Physical Therapy to further discuss your situation.

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The Importance of Regular Wellness Checkups

August is National Wellness Month, the perfect time to focus on personal health and investing in yourself. All too often, busy and hectic schedules cause us to put our own health on the back burner until we end up with chronic aches and pains, stress and anxiety, poor sleep, or illness. When we finally do go to the doctor, the remedy for such issues can be expensive and time-consuming, causing even more stress.

On the other hand, scheduling regular wellness exams can help to ease the burdens these issues have on us, or even prevent them in the first place. Not only can doctors get an idea of how a person’s body is functioning with basic screenings and blood tests, but they can also help with stress, anxiety, or sleep issues. The earlier any problems are detected, the better the chances are that we can reduce or prevent chronic health conditions.

– General exam: At this exam, your practitioner will perform preventive care, review your health history, and perform any physical examination procedures necessary based on your gender, age, and information gathered in the clinical history. Lab or diagnostic tests may be ordered.

– Eye exam: You’ll be asked about your medical history and any vision problems you might be experiencing. Several different tests may be performed during the eye exam which are designed to check your vision and to examine the appearance and function of all parts of your eyes.

– Skin exam: Having your skin checked by a dermatologist is extremely important for the early detection of skin cancer. Ideally, a skin check should be performed each year. A dermatologist can also identify any other potentially problematic skin conditions.

– Dental exam: Regular dental exams are a critical part of preventive health care.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease as well as evaluate your risk of developing other oral problems. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.

In addition to these traditional exams, it is a great idea to get a Physical Therapy Wellness Assessment. At Breakthru Physical Therapy, we believe that everyone should have their joints, muscles, and movement patterns assessed regularly to ensure continued physical health. That is why we have launched a campaign to promote a lifetime of pain free movement by offering wellness screens to members of our community!

During your assessment, one of our skilled therapists will:
– Take a complete musculoskeletal history and learn about your goals.
– Perform a movement screen and selected physical tests to see what is working well and what needs some help.
– Develop a plan to improve any areas of concern and help you achieve your goals.

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We Are Committed To Your Health and Wellness

Dear Breakthru Family,

We hope you and all you love continue to remain healthy and safe. The past few weeks have marked a period of unprecedented, challenging times for all of us, as we, as a community, deal with dramatic lifestyle adjustments and new ways to go about our daily activities.

As part of our ongoing efforts to communicate with our patients during this critical time period, we wanted to share several updates since our last correspondence.

Per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order on March 21st, Physical Therapy remains an “essential service” permitted to remain open to serve our patients in need. The American Physical Therapy Association has taken the position of knowing that Physical Therapists play a crucial role in the health of our society and keeping people healthy; and thus have a special responsibility to maintain a normal work schedule while adopting recommended CDC guidelines.

During this time, our focus is on maximizing the health and safety of our patients by providing care through a number of different options while also adopting CDC-guided, best practice screening methods, exposure protection, sanitation and social distancing standards throughout our facilities.

On-Site Facility Care: We have established a core group of providers made up of our team’s Partners and Facility Managers who will remain on-site at several of our facilities.

  • Currently, our Medford Taunton Forge and Voorhees facilities remain open
  • Our Marlton facility is set to re-open on May 18th.
  • We are preparing to open our Mt. Laurel facility at its new location (Jersey Wahoos-see below) in the coming weeks.
  • Our Medford Fitness facility remains closed at this time and will re-open based on government mandates pertaining to gyms and fitness centers.
  • We will be reaching out by phone in the coming weeks to all active patients currently on hold to notify them of our reopening.

Telehealth:

  • We are fully operational in offering and serving our patients with Telehealth visits.
  • Recently Medicare passed a final ruling ensuring that all Telehealth visits for Physical Therapy would be covered for Medicare Beneficiaries.
  • If on-site care is not an option for you or a loved one, please call us to learn about receiving Telehealth physical therapy from the comfort of your own home.

Home PT: We are assessing the needs and demand for Home-based Physical Therapy Services. please fill out the survey below to help us assess your needs!

Breakthru has adopted best practice standards outlined below to ensure the utmost safety for our patients and our team members:

Screening

  • We are screening for COVID-related symptoms as well as risks of exposure on a daily basis
  • All Breakthru team members are screened at the start of shift. Should we assess any risk, the employee will be sent home.
  • All patients are screened prior to each clinic visit. Should we assess any risk, the patient’s appointment will be rescheduled.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • All staff are wearing masks at all times during work shift
  • Therapists are adding additional protective equipment with any direct patient contact
  • All patients (and escorts) are required to wear a mask while in the facility
  • If a patient does not have a mask or face covering, we are proving one.

Sanitization

  • We are ensuring that all equipment and therapeutic areas are being disinfected after each use and between patients.
  • All high touch surfaces, common areas, entry and exit doors are being disinfected at least once every hour.
  • We have enhanced our employee’s hand washing policy.
  • We have enhanced the frequency of our professional cleaning services which perform full-facility cleaning during off-hours.
  • We are encouraging all patients to bring their own water, as all community water fountain use will be temporarily off-limits.

Social Distancing

  • We are utilizing all of our facilities so that each patient is being provided their own treatment area to ensure patients remain > 6 feet apart.
  • We are asking that only patients enter our facility and are prohibiting visitors except for patients who are minors, elderly, handicapped, or have necessary conditions that warrant assistance.
  • We are staggering all staff schedules and spreading out the scheduling of all patients to ensure patients remain > 6 feet apart throughout their session.

Thank you for your continued trust! We are here for you and taking all measures to ensure a safe environment during your treatment and upon your return!

We look forward to continuing to serve you and will share additional updates as we progress forward. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 856-396-2250 if we can be of further assistance.

-Team Breakthru

3/19 Update from Team Breakthru

Dear Breakthru Family,

Beginning next week, we are establishing a core group of providers made up of our team’s Partners and Facility Managers who will remain on-site at our Medford, Voorhees, and Mt. Laurel locations in order to help all our patients with essential medical needs.

Throughout this time, we are focused on maintaining our heightened sanitation and infection control efforts by strict adherence to the CDC guidelines throughout our facilities. We are assessing the situation daily and will update everyone promptly with notification of any changes.

For the rest of our Breakthru Family, we will be offering Telehealth PT services to virtually help you as we navigate through these challenges together!

To contact a Client Experience Representative about Breakthru’s Telehealth services, please call our Telehealth PT Hotline @ 856-872-7212.

In health,
TEAM BREAKTHRU

 

Attention Breakthru Fitness Members + Training Clients

Dear Breakthru Family,

Effective immediately, due to the recent government mandate regarding all gyms closing at 8 pm until further notice; we will be suspending gym memberships until further notice.

We will be continuing to accommodate personal training clients on a case-by-case basis in which your trainer will be in direct contact to coordinate your schedule. The gym will be closed today, March 16 at 8 pm.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on our website and social media platforms.

Our resilience is owed to our Mission of Optimizing the Health, Quality of Life, and overall Well-being for all those we serve, through our commitment to Providing Innovative, Personalized Care, Achieving Rave Outcomes, and Changing Beliefs about What’s Possible!

We are committed to the health and safety of our clients and our staff, and we appreciate all of your support as we navigate through this!

 

In health,

Team Breakthru

COVID-19 Update

Dear Breakthru Family,

Please be assured that our 5 facilities are taking every measure to assure the safety of clients and our staff. We are closely monitoring and following guidance from the CDC and local health officials. We provide essential medical care and will remain open to care for our clients and fitness members at this time. Rest assured we have taken every precaution to prevent the spread of infectious disease in our facilities.

In each facility, we continue to strictly adhere to hygiene and infection control protocols as we always have. We have reinforced staff training in basic and advanced hygiene and confirmed our cleaning and disinfection techniques are consistent with CDC recommendations.

In regards to the recommendation of social distancing, we have maximized our space at each of our facilities by spreading out our treatment tables and we are proactively spreading out client appointments throughout the day.

Additionally, we have increased our surveillance of patients who have scheduled appointments.

  • All patients are advised NOT to visit our offices if any of the following apply:
  • If you returned from outside the U.S or visited an area defined by the CDC as an area of high risk IN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR
  • If you had direct contact with an individual with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) IN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR,
  • If you had direct contact with a person who is currently being quarantined for coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure IN THE LAST 14 DAYS, OR,
  • If you felt feverish and had a cough in the last 24 hours, please call our office to reschedule your appointment.

Our goal is to be diligent in protecting our client and staff from unnecessary exposure while continuing to provide you with the physical therapy care your deserve.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will change our processes as necessary. We encourage you to stay well informed of recommendations from the CDC with respect to the COVID-19 V

In health,
Team Breakthru