Did you just have orthopedic surgery on one of your joints, possibly your knee for example? Then it is probably safe to say that you have a fair amount of pain in that area along with a lack of strength that you are having to contend with on a regular basis. When you add in the additional difficulties of physical therapy, many folks can find rehabilitation a lot rougher than they anticipated. One of the ways to alleviate some of that pain and speed along the process of rehabilitation is through the use of a continuous passive motion machine, otherwise known as the CPM machine for short.
CPM Machines are a kind of rehabilitation equipment that has been used for over 30 years now to help people reduce pain and edema (swelling), help prevent adhesions, muscle and joint stiffness (contractures), as well as maintain and improve the affected joints range of motion. These devices also help the patient inhibit the formation of scar tissue as well which is critical to long term success in rehabilitation. These devices are also helpful at preventing blood clots in veins that could possibly cut off blood flow, otherwise known as DVTs.
As a result of using this particular type of rehab equipment, the continual use of a CPM machine will allow the patient to experience much less pain and a more successful and productive set of physical therapy visits. Continuous passive motion machines also will help you get back to your regular routine activities faster and save you money by reducing the amount of lengthy hospital stays you may have to endure as well as possible future corrective surgery procedures, and one of the most common of which is a manipulation procedure.
Typical CPM usage protocols call for 6 to 8 hours of regular treatment every single day for roughly a month and a half or about 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, however this can be reduced a bit to 2 to 4 weeks for fractures, ligament damage as well as Mensical injuries.
CPM Machines are used after surgical procedures in the hospital or in the home, and most insurance companies will pay for a home based CPM Machine rental for those of you naturally concerned about the cost. If you have Medicare, they will pay up to 21 days from the date of the actual surgery for home CPM use if you have had total knee replacements or other revisions. If you had surgical procedures on other joints in areas of your body such as the shoulder, hand, or an elbow for example, these are usually judged and decided upon on a case by case basis, usually depending on the severity of the need or surgery that has been done.