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AposTherapy, a non-surgical and personalized treatment program, is new to the U.S. and helps people who suffer from chronic back, hip and knee pain.
Experts say more than one billion people worldwide suffer from constant pain and many of them end up undergoing invasive surgeries or take powerful drugs to ease the pain.
AposTherapy was developed in Israel in the 1990s. The therapy doesn’t require specific exercises, instead personally calibrated mechanical pods are placed on the bottom of shoes to realign a patient’s back, hips and knees.
“What we do is we can calibrate according to what we know that the body is trying to resist certain forces or shift certain things away from pain,” said Nina Cha, a physical therapist who uses the program in New York.
The program lasts one year with patients wearing the shoes for about an hour each day. So far, no studies have been done in the U.S. to prove its effectiveness, but patients said they’ve seen the results.
“It creates what the founders call perturbation, a little bit of instability so that your whole body learns and relearns how to walk and how to position itself,” said Dr. David Levy, global CEO of AposTherapy in New York.
AposTherapy isn’t cheap. The program costs about $ 5,250 for one year and is not covered by insurance in the U.S. It is available in the New York City Area, but the company does plan to expand around the country.
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