AposTherapy – The Answer for a Nation in Knee-D

Unique Therapy allows thousands to walk away from Knee Pain

Watch the video to find out how AposTherapy works

Ingenious trainers which reprogram the brain could spare thousands of patients the pain and potential complications of knee surgery and save the UK economy millions of pounds.

An agonising 30 million working days are lost to musculoskeletal problems every year and one in five involves the lower limbs.

But now AposTherapy® — a revolutionary biomechanical therapy devised by an orthopaedic surgeon and a sports physician — will allow thousands of patients to literally walk away from knee pain.

AposTherapy® consists of four intelligently designed and adjustable pods which are integrated into the soles of special therapeutic trainers. It can transform the way we walk by forcing the brain to think about an action that is usually automatic.

A study of 1,300 UK patients found that nine out of ten of those assessed as suitable for AposTherapy® gained significant benefits from wearing the therapeutic trainers for around an hour a day.

  • Almost nine out of ten (87%) noticed a reduction in pain.
  • 88% experienced improved mobility, and
  • 92% said they would recommend AposTherapy®.

More than 50,000 patients around the world have used it, but until recently AposTherapy® was available at only a handful of flagship clinics in the UK. Now it is being rolled out nationwide via specially trained and certified leading chartered physiotherapy clinics.

The success of this life-changing new approach stems from a better understanding of joint pain and problems. For many years osteoarthritis — the most common cause of severe knee pain and disability — was thought to be caused by simple wear and tear and degradation of cartilage cushioning the joints.

However, there is now clear evidence that biomechanics, muscles and nerves play an important part of the disease process.

Professor Oliver Pearce, an eminent orthopaedic surgeon from the Talking Knees Panel says: “This instinctively makes sense. Muscles support and protect the joint, so if there is any weakness or asymmetry in the way those muscles are working, there can be extra pressure on the joint.”

A number of leading health insurers have already woken up to its potential and reimburse the cost of treatment, but AposTherapy® is not yet available on the NHS. The potential savings if it were are enormous. The NHS performs 90,000 knee replacements every year, with an average cost of £6,500 each, and if only one in ten of those patients were a candidate for AposTherapy® the savings stack up to £45 million a year.

There are huge personal benefits, too. A survey for AposTherapy® revealed that on average people with knee pain have been putting up with problems for 3.2 years, despite the negative impact on their lives.

One in five of those surveyed, who had knee pain, admitted they find it difficult to get up and down stairs (22%) or stand for long periods (23%). One in ten (10%) with knee pain find it difficult to use public transport, or get in and out of their car. Two out of three said there were times when their knee pain interfered with their sleep.

Professor Pearce says: “The patients I see are often beyond the point where physical therapy can help, but AposTherapy® definitely represents a new tool in the box for those patients who don’t yet need a knee replacement.”

Paul Hobrough, a leading physiotherapist from the Talking Knees Panel agrees. “The days of thinking that osteoarthritis is a simple problem of wear and tear are long gone. But this shift is not being reflected in the way we treat problems like persistent knee pain.

All the evidence suggests that biomechanical approaches, such as AposTherapy® can make a real difference for some patients.”

How Precision Pods Take The Pain Out Of Knee Problems

The initial assessment to gauge if a patient might benefit from AposTherapy® uses state-of-the-art computerised gait analysis to check step length, load distribution, walking speed and gait symmetry.

Two adjustable pods, known as Pertupods, are then attached to the soles of each trainer and individually calibrated to create a subtle imbalance when the patient walks. This is known as pertubation, hence the name Pertupod, and it forces the brain to think about an action it normally performs automatically.

GP Dr Stillman who sees many patients with knee issues and is a member of the Talking Knees Panel explains: “The science is fascinating, but fundamentally it is very simple. The Pertupods create a hint of instability which prompts a flurry of signals between the brain and muscles to action lots of minor corrections and adjustments to restore perfect balance.

Some patients report an almost immediate improvement in symptoms and the clinical evidence is very impressive. But this process of feedback and adjustment also re-educates the muscles and promotes an optimal gait at all times.”

For more information go to www.apostherapy.co.uk

About AposTherapy®

AposTherapy® is an innovative, personalised, non-surgical and drug-free programme for knee and back pain, based on a foot-worn biomechanical device which is individually-calibrated by specially-trained chartered physiotherapists. Developed by healthcare professionals from the fields of orthopaedics and sports medicine, AposTherapy® is clinically proven to deliver lasting pain relief and to improve function, mobility and quality of life.

The AposTherapy® treatment is covered by many of the leading private medical insurance companies such as Bupa, Simplyhealth, WPA and Cigna.

Initial consultations are free of charge to patients.