JTECH Medical will be closed Friday, July 3rd, 2015 for the Independence day holiday

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JTECH Medical Bike MS team

JTECH Medical is proud to support the National MS Foundation by sponsoring a Bike MS team. Although this is our first year sponsoring a team, we look forward to many years of this great endeavor.

June 27-28, 2015, Utah, Logan - 2015 Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride

Bike MS
MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. While millions of people are affected by MS, it especially hits home when you see someone close struggle with the disease every day. Ann, the spouse of one of our employees was diagnosed with MS in 1996. Since being diagnosed, she is raising a family with two young boys, working as a teacher at a local elementary school, and struggling through each day to do the things we take for granted; like walking. Ann's 14 year old son wrote this about his decision to ride in the Bike MS event this year…

Hi, I am Tommy

I am 14 years old and I chose to ride to help my mom. My mom has MS and I see how much she struggles with it every day. Even though it is hard for her to just walk sometimes, she never complains and is always willing to help others. I wish my mom didn't have MS, but since she does, I want to be able to do something for her. This is my first time riding in this ride, but I am excited for the opportunity to show my mom how much I care about her, and do my part to hopefully find a cure. I love you mom!

We join Ann's husband, son and thousands of others in providing support for cutting-edge research, programs and services for anyone affected by MS. Ending MS means no one will receive an MS diagnosis again.

We ride for and in honor of Ann, a true example of courage, dedication, happiness and perseverance.

We believe in this cause. Every donation, even a dollar, helps. Every connection matters.

Can we count on your support?

JTECH Team Page     Make a Donation   Register to Ride

The Benefits of a Quality Functional Capacity Evaluation

jobsim bucketBy Joseph Castronovo, DPT, MTC Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, LLC

In recent months, I have participated in multiple conversations regarding Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) and how the results have weakened the defense’s case. Several defense attorneys have suggested that a FCE generally causes further problems in litigation, and they prefer to work with just the physical therapy notes and reports. Often, they feel the patient performs at a lower level during the FCE than they do in therapy, and yet the test comes out valid. As a seasoned physical therapist and a veteran of over 500 FCEs, I concur with this observation. In my capacity as an expert witness, I have seen first hand how a subpar FCE has labeled a capable human being, who can cast a fishing pole and launch his boat, to total and permanent disability and entitled to a lifelong pension.  However, a quality FCE can be beneficial to all parties. So, what to look for when finding a quality FCE and when should a client be referred for a FCE?

First, a FCE is needed to determine a person’s ability to work safely, however, all WC injuries do not need to be referred for a FCE. I agree with the notion that the physical therapist’s notes throughout therapy and work conditioning are generally sufficient to determine a person’s work ability. However, there are several additional factors to consider. The longer a person has been off work, the more likely they will need a FCE to determine function, due to “deconditioning syndrome.” Deconditioning syndrome according to Mayer and Gatchel in Functional Restoration For Spinal Disorders” represents the loss of physical capacity attendant upon disuse that leads to many manifestations of chronic disability.” In essence, the longer the time of disability and the more extensive the surgical procedure, the greater the postoperative physical capacity deficits that need to be addressed as part of the recovery process. Thereby, a therapist is no longer simply addressing deficits in a knee, for example, but dealing with multiple issues from disuse. If a therapist has a prescription for a knee, documentation will be mainly on the knee, and will not address all of the physical deficits needed for work duty.

Read more: The Benefits of a Quality Functional Capacity Evaluation

JTECH Product Evolution and Support

In 1996, JTECH developed one of the first computerized wired functional assessment systems, called Tracker™. Tracker quickly became an industry leading product and can still be found in use in many practices. In 2004, JTECH introduced the first fully wireless functional assessment system called Tracker Freedom®, making tethered testing a thing of the past. In 2008, JTECH improved upon the Tracker Freedom system and released fully integrated wireless testing devices by miniaturizing the circuitry and moving the antennas inside the devices.

Read more: JTECH Product Evolution and Support

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