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Work Hardening

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The Axio-Physical Therapy Partnership

Gets Injured Workers Back to Work Stronger and with Less Pain

The Work Hardening program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ypsilanti, MI is an intense series of 4 hour sessions that includes strengthening, body mechanics, and workplace simulation that prepares the injured worker for return to work.

Work Hardening is not designed to lower pain, its main purpose is to make the individual stronger. Axiobionics' Wearable Therapy® is designed for pain and spasm alleviation to help patients overcome chronic pain and return to work.

Wearable Therapy® plays an instrumental role in helping patients complete the Work Hardening program and getting back on the job.

Wearable Therapy® is The Leading Technology in
Wearable Electrical Stimulation for Pain and Spasm Alleviation

 

Wearable Therapy® is the best choice for many injured workers because it is:

  • Non-invasive
  • Drug-free
  • Reliable
  • Custom fit to any area of the body
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Wearable Therapy® can be worn throughout the day to help eliminate pain and muscle spasms.

 

 

 

 

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Wearable Therapy® can be tailored
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including the lower extremities to
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Muscle Spasm Relief

Muscle spams are involuntary muscle contractions in which muscles contract and relax in response to pain or injury.

Sometimes muscle spasms are so intense that they add an additional layer of pain on top of existing pain. Electrical stimulation may help suppress muscle spasms as well as pain, which can help the patient feel even better.

 

 

 

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Meet Boris

The instrumental role Axio played helping Injured Worker Boris Porras-Rios return to the job he loves.

 

 

Boris' Story

It was an ordinary day on the job in May 2015 when Boris Porras-Rios’ backhoe hiccuped. Boris was excavating the foundation of what is to become a very unique skyscraper in Miami. According to Boris, the water table in Florida is reached in 1-2 feet below the surface so it’s impractical to build anything habitable below the ground. The builder didn’t see it that way and so an in-ground parking garage was planned below the building. But that required excavating deep down into several stories of soil and bedrock and building walls of concrete to keep the water out.

 

 

 

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Boris, a veteran heavy equipment operator, spent much of his time on the job digging deep into the earth to prepare the foundation. On that fateful day his backhoe’s bucket lodged in the hard rock. Instead of releasing, the hydraulics lifted the back end of his backhoe 8 feet in the air and then suddenly its bucket broke free. The backhoe came crashing down and the force of the impact injured his back.

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Boris was in pain from that moment on and needed medical attention. The force of the impact damaged the discs in his lower back and left him with severe pain and strong muscle spasms that prevented him from going back to work. Boris spent the next 9 months in and out of therapy and doctor visits, but the pain persisted. He was prescribed a Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS), but it provided little help. Although he desperately wanted to get back to work, the pain prevented him from handling short-term activities. Pain medications are not an option for Boris due to their side effects on alertness and critical thinking. With little-to-no reduction in pain, there was no way he was able to take on the rigors of an 8 hour work day.

 

 

Boris was Determined to Overcome His Injury

In January of 2016, Boris enrolled in a Work Hardening program. Work Hardening is an intense series of 4 hour sessions that includes strengthening, body mechanics, and workplace simulation that prepares the injured worker for return to work. 

 

 

 

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Boris was introduced to Axiobionics

 

Boris was approximately halfway through the program when he was introduced to Axiobionics Wearable Therapy for pain and spasm alleviation. He underwent an evaluation and was quickly determined to be a candidate for a custom BioVest. The BioVest is an individually-fit, wearable electrical stimulation suit. Within 2 weeks he was fit and doing much better. His pain with the BioVest never exceeds 3/10, even when he is active. The BioVest played an instrumental role in helping him complete the Work Hardening program and getting back on the job.

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Boris’ condition after the accident:

Pain level:            8  
Muscle Spasms: 10 

Boris’ condition with the BioVest:

Pain level:              3  
Muscle Spasms: 2-5 

(Pain and muscle spasms are rated 0-10. 10 is the worst possible pain or muscle spasm experienced.)

Why did the BioVest perform so much better than standard TENS?

As stated earlier, Boris was given a TENS unit to help with pain. However, there were many problems with TENS that led to non-compliance. Wearable Therapy overcomes all of these problems and encourages patients to be active. One of the main problems with standard TENS is that patients cannot put electrodes on their back. If electrodes can’t be placed, there is no way TENS can lower pain. The other problem is that when patients sweat, electrodes no longer stick and they come off the body so even if they can be placed, they typically fall off. These were big factors that prevented Boris from using TENS. The BioVest, however, applies electrodes to the back and holds them firmly in place even though the patient sweats and moves. The BioVest works so well for Boris that he relies solely on it for pain control. He is back in Miami on the job operating heavy equipment and loving his BioVest.

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At Axiobionics, we believe chronic pain is a serious medical condition that deserves to be treated well with proper clinical oversight. For many patients with pain, there is an immense toll on ones quality of life and ability to work.

Wearable Therapy was designed to help patients overcome chronic pain. There are many treatments for pain, however, the main advantages to Wearable Therapy is that it’s non-invasive, non-pharmacological, and its pain relief can be immediate.

Comparison of Standard TENS to Wearable Therapy®

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How is it provided to the patient?

Shipped to patient. No clinical care and no instruction provided. Patient is expected to know how to use it without clinical support. Many problems can occur and without clinical support, failure is common.

Clinician conducts thorough evaluation, determines where electrodes should be placed based on distribution of pain and provides instruction how to use the device.

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Technology

TENS. TENS only manages pain. Does not address muscle spasms.

Combination of TENS and Neuromuscular Stimulation (NMES). NMES treats muscle spasms, atrophy, joint range of motion, which can be instrumental in the outcome of the patient.

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Wearable Therapy may be the right choice for you.

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“Bracing was attempting to correct my body, but Wearable Therapy® is actually working with it and there’s no fight.  My body simply cooperates when I’m using it.  

I used my arm about 4% of the time before Wearable Therapy®.  I had to think should I use the arm or just simply use my good hand.  And now I use my affected hand in 80% of my activities. It’s not perfect yet, but the effort it takes to move my arm is becoming easier all the time.

-David

"I sometimes forget what this technology does, but when David walks without Wearable Therapy® it takes me back to the time when he struggled so much. With the Wearable Therapy® device his ankle doesn’t roll over and collapse. His foot is no longer doing that to the degree it was. It seems to be improving all the time.  

David’s need for many of the medications and treatments he was undergoing has greatly decreased. This technology has lowered the cost to manage David’s condition and yet provided him with unprecedented results that I thought he would never achieve. He plateaued a long time ago. Wearable Therapy® is something that should be offered to patients as early as possible to prevent atrophy and to move the patient along much faster.  

To watch this giant leap forward take place is just the best feeling.”

-David's Mom