If you’re treating patients with complex back pain, chances are you’ll be juggling a mix of different tools to help with diagnosis and testing and for presenting your data to patients. Seems kind of clunky, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great if the whole process could be simplified? Yes, we think so too, so this week we’re taking a look at a new system that might just change the way you treat.
Quest for the right diagnostic Tools
When dealing with cases of complex back pain, the first step is usually to find an accurate diagnostic tool. Then we move on to testing and measuring and finally to presenting the resultant data to patients in a way they can understand.
We’ve all used various tools to help with this, and inevitably end up using one for diagnosing and another for outcome measures. We then try to present the data to the patient as best we can. This step might consist of a range of graphs, figures, diagrams and most likely some really bad drawings too.
With this in mind, the idea of having one tool that not only does everything, but is also supremely user-friendly and able to present the data to the patient in a clear way certainly holds a lot of appeal.
Combined Diagnosis, Treatment and Outcome Measures
Enter the dorsaVi system. I was recently introduced to dorsaVi by a colleague and it had me intrigued. The system combines diagnosis, treatment and outcome measures, links it to your computer and then punches out the data on the screen for your patient to see. The data presented is easily understood and clearly informs and educates the patient about their diagnoses and about what needs to be treated. Not only that, but the data is accurate so there’s no denying the results.
The tool consists of a number of sensors – a little bigger than a match box – which adhere to the skin on the patient’s back. They are non-intrusive, comfortable to wear and deliver detailed information on muscle activity, movement patterns and pain.
The data is graphed for easy analysis and an accurate picture of the patient’s back mechanics is revealed. The data is then used to formulate an accurate treatment program. As with any good treatment program, reassessment is essential. And with dorsaVi it’s as simple as reapplying the sensors to the back to obtain the new data. I can see how having the visual input from the computer screen, easily-understood graphs and patient participation in each process has the potential to really empower the patient to take control of their treatment and of their pain – rather than letting the pain control them.
Have you used dorsaVi in your clinical work? What was your experience? Perhaps you know of some other tools that help with diagnosing and producing accurate outcomes and easily explainable data?
If you’re keen to find out more, visit www.dorsavi.com
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