There are many supplies for physical therapy use today especially with the continued technological and medical advances we have been seeing. As responsible therapists, you should always be informed as to the latest innovations available and make sure to offer the best updated therapies to your patients. However, caution must also be exercised before purchasing any of these new supplies.
Meticulous research must be done on any prospective manufacturer you wish to deal with. For the most part, manufacturers want to establish and maintain a good, reliable reputation and so they come through with top quality products. However there are manufacturers with questionable ethics, who are concerned mainly with profit and making a quick buck, consequently turning to low quality materials in the manufacturing process resulting in poor quality products.
So when you are looking to upgrade or add to your existing inventory of physical therapy supplies, you should make sure that you know what you are looking for and not get taken in by flashy websites with little substance to their products. Many substandard manufacturer hide behind this in an effort to get customers to try them out and make a sale not caring if these customers will come back for more. So remember to look beyond the advertising glitz and get your money’s worth.
Another thing to consider is overall cost of purchasing the item. Manufacturers sometimes price the item you are looking at low because it is last year’s model with less features and they are trying to clear it out. The downside to this, if you get taken in, is not long after the purchase you will find that you are looking to buy an upgrade, which in the end will cost you more money than if you had just bought the higher, latest model to begin with. So be aware of this and be a smart shopper.
Also consider the amount of usage that piece of equipment will get in your clinic. For this, you need to look at your patient demographics to see how many of them actually require this equipment in their treatment plan to its warrant purchase. Be wary of purchasing equipment that you may not have a need for to save on your overhead and to allow your clinic to have more cash flow for emergencies and unexpected expenses.
Before finally deciding to go ahead and purchase the item, check out product reviews of the item you are interested in. You can do this online or ask your colleagues for their feedback. You can also get onto online physical therapy forums for faster and greater number of feedback at the same time growing your professional network.
Do not let yourself get behind the latest news and innovations in your field. Attend seminars and conferences, read professional journals, take continuing education classes, network with your colleagues and your educational institution to find out the latest research and development in your field and area of interest. Then see if you can match the needs of your practice to any of the available equipment and therapies for a better clinical setup for your patients.
Physical therapy supplies are investments a therapist makes to enhance the setup of his clinic and ease the lives of his patients. With the right investments, your practice will be able to help many lives.
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