What is Durable Medical Equipment?
Durable medical equipment (referred to as DME) is any medical device used in the home to aid in a better quality of living. It is a benefit included in most insurances. Examples of DME in a spine clinic setting include neck and back braces, as well as bone growth stimulators which help promote bone growth after a fusion surgery.
Reasons why your doctor may recommend DME
Neck / Back Brace
Help reduce pain by immobilizing the region
Provide support to the area after a surgery
Protect the area after a surgery
Provide mechanical balance for scoliosis
Prevent further injury after compression fraction
Simple, non-invasive treatment option
Bone Growth Stimulator
Help promote bone growth after fusion surgery
Potential reduction in time to heal after surgery
Safe and easy to use treatment
Gives the patient power to help improve post-op outcomes
Durable medical equipment resources
The links below will provide you with more information about some of the medical equipment/devices that may be prescribed. Please feel free to bring a copy to your appointment and ask your provider if you would benefit from DME.