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AposTherapy® is available through a network of selected private physiotherapy and multi-disciplinary clinics that are qualified to deliver AposTherapy® treatments. Treatment is administered and monitored by specially trained AposTherapy® Certified Physiotherapists (ACPTs).

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The reason AposTherapy® has worked for so many patients is that it is personalised to each one’s specific needs. The process begins with a full, in-depth clinical consultation of the patient’s problem joints, pain levels, and day-to-day restrictions. This evaluation forms the basis of a personalised one-hour-a-day treatment programme, which blends effortlessly into the patient’s daily life.

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AposTherapy® treatment includes a personally-adjusted, foot-worn biomechanical device that includes Pods – convex sole attachments under your fore-foot and heel. Your ACPT selects and positions the most suitable Pods to re-align your body, release pressure from your painful joints, and retrain your muscles through controlled micro-instability.

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During your initial consultation, your ACPT will perform several examinations in order to personalise the treatment programme to your unique needs.

Over time, as you continue to use the AposTherapy® device, your body’s natural biomechanics should improve dramatically and your muscles and posture should become stronger and healthier. As a result, your foot-worn AposTherapy® device will need to be readjusted for the new you.

Therefore, your ACPT will continually reassess your programme at follow-up consultations. At follow-up consultations, you’ll repeat many of the examinations that you performed at the initial consultation and, when necessary, your AposTherapy® device will be adjusted and your personalised treatment programme updated to help you reach optimal outcomes.

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Joint and muscle pain typically cause the sufferer to compensate by changing their walking patterns. Stride gets shorter, walking speed decreases, and the person avoids putting weight on the affected side. As a result, they may limp, but not necessarily in a manner that can be noticed to the untrained eye.

At your initial consultation, a computerised gait analysis will provide an objective scientific assessment of the way you walk – including load distribution on each leg, stride length, gait symmetry and more. This, along with the rest of the assessment, enables the physiotherapist to customise the AposTherapy® programme to your unique needs, and to objectively compare your progress throughout the treatment.

Not necessarily, but exercises can provide further benefits. AposTherapy® transforms your normal routine into a positive and easy-to-do rehabilitation process. The treatment aligns your body and re-educates your muscles with minimal interruption to your daily life. In fact, you won’t feel as if you’re working your muscles at all – you’ll just gradually notice improvement. Exercise in addition to AposTherapy® is helpful, and your AposTherapy® Certified Physiotherapist (ACPT) can advise you on which exercises will be good for you.

AposTherapy® fits seamlessly into your everyday life and takes place wherever you are – at home, or at work. You only need to wear the device for about an hour a day. The treatment is easy to comply with, fits with your lifestyle and lets you decide the time and place.

The initial personalised treatment programme continues for an average of 12 months. The length for you will depend on your specific clinical needs.

The process begins by visiting an AposTherapy® certified provider for initial consultation, which typically lasts up to 1.5 hours and then five follow-up consultations, typically around an hour each.

Many patients say they feel some pain relief when trying the AposTherapy® device for the first time at the initial consultation. In a survey4 of patients who’d been suffering for an average of six years, patients reported reduced pain within four weeks of starting AposTherapy®. A clinical study5  that monitored patients for two years indicates a lasting effect of AposTherapy®. As with any medical intervention, individual results may vary, so in certain cases it can take a good six months to start to notice improvements.

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New data about the long-term benefits of AposTherapy® continues to emerge. One recent clinical trial5 re-examined osteoarthritis patients two years after an earlier study had shown reduced pain and improved knee joint function with AposTherapy®. The follow-up found significant pain relief (63 %) and improved knee joint function (65 %) even after 24 months.

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AposTherapy® treatment was developed by experts in orthopaedics and sports medicine, with the aim of helping people with disabling musculoskeletal disorders – with particular focus on knee osteoarthritis. AposTherapy® has been found to be effective for the following conditions3, 5, 6-15.
  • Knee pain (Osteoarthritis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, meniscal tear, ligament tear)
  • Lower back pain
  • Rehabilitation before and after total knee and hip replacement surgery
  • Hip pain (particularly osteoarthritis)
  • Ankle problems (rehabilitation post fractures, recurrent ankle sprain)
  • Sports injury rehabilitation
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Generally, the AposTherapy® treatment is not suitable for individuals who:

  • Have unexplained recurrent falls
  • Experience balance problems (that require using a walking aid indoors)
  • Suffer from severe osteoporosis

 

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Anyone can come for a free initial consultation to establish whether they’re suitable for AposTherapy® treatment. You may, however, need a referral from your doctor to be eligible for coverage from your insurance provider.

If the surgery is in one month or more, AposTherapy® can help prepare the joint for the surgery and enable improved muscle activity until the surgery is performed. As a result of the treatment, the muscles should respond well to rehabilitation post-operatively, which will assist in returning you to normal function with less post-operative pain.

Yes. AposTherapy® enables efficient and relatively rapid rehabilitation, with less pain. AposTherapy® assists in the implementation of proper and symmetrical gait patterns following joint replacement and will improve stability and confidence when walking.

Yes. AposTherapy® is non-surgical and medicine-free. It is cleared for treating knee OA and registered with the FDA for additional conditions and holds a CE marking from the EU. AposTherapy® is appropriate for most patients of all ages, including elderly patients. All AposTherapy® patients are assessed for suitability and continuously monitored. Clinical experience indicates that any side effects are minimal and rare and may manifest in mild fatigue and muscle spasms. In rare cases where these appear, they pass very quickly as treatment progresses.

Clinical studies published in leading medical journals indicate significant reductions in pain and substantial improvements in joint function and quality of life following AposTherapy® treatment.

Developed by experts in orthopaedics and sports medicine, AposTherapy® is based on the latest evidence regarding the central role biomechanics plays in back, hip, knee, and ankle conditions, offering a safe and innovative approach for treatment.

AposTherapy® has already benefited tens of thousands of patients worldwide, providing lasting pain relief and improved function.

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AposTherapy® is available nationwide through a network of AposTherapy® Certified Providers (ACPs): selected private physiotherapist practices that have qualified to deliver AposTherapy®.

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AposTherapy® is covered by selected insurance companies and, in specific cases, by the NHS. For more information about coverage please see our Treatment Plans & Pricing page.

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