Has anyone used a Dynasplint?

Has anyone used a Dynasplint?

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George

Nottingham, MD

#1 May 29, 2008
I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback or experiences on using a Dynasplint dynamic splint during rehab? http://www.dynasplint.com
Evelyn

Moscow, ID

#2 Jul 28, 2008
George, I used one and it was wonderful. I used one for about 2 months and without it, I would not be able to straighten my leg. Insurance pays for it also.
Schoust

United States

#3 Aug 12, 2008
Hi Evelyn,
When did your OS determine that the dyna splint was nessessary? I was told that the windo for effective use of this device was very short??
Jon

Anderson, SC

#4 Feb 8, 2009
used it and it worked good for me
Carol

United States

#5 Feb 15, 2009
Schoust wrote:
Hi Evelyn,
When did your OS determine that the dyna splint was nessessary? I was told that the windo for effective use of this device was very short??
I didn't start using it until Jan.16th. Almost 2 whole months after my knee surgery. I am very unhappy with it. I even had to quit using the straightening splint as it pulled on my hip so bad I couldn't stand it. I feel like the flex slpint is just as bad, and I have not improved at all since I started using them. I am going to quit using the flex as they want me to use it at least 6 hours a day, and I can't sleep with it, and don't have that much time for it. I use it about 4 huors a day, and can hardly walk after I use it. If there was a window of time for starting this, I think mine was way too late.
Let me hear from others
james

Arlington, TX

#6 May 8, 2009
the product is out of date and there are better options out there
Diggity

Haysville, KS

#7 May 11, 2009
James you said its out of date. Hmmmm they are the GLOBAL leader for Dynamic splinting. So if you could tell me what are better options out there?
james wrote:
the product is out of date and there are better options out there
Brook

Pasadena, MD

#8 May 13, 2009
Dynamic splinting for knee flexion contracture following total knee
arthroplasty: a case report
Eric Finger and F Buck Willis
Abstract
Total Knee Arthroplasty operations are increasing in frequency, and knee flexion contracture is a
common pathology, both pre-existing and post-operative. A 61-year-old male presented with knee
flexion contracture following a total knee arthroplasty. Physical therapy alone did not fully reduce
the contracture and dynamic splinting was then prescribed for daily low-load, prolonged-duration
stretch. After 28 physical therapy sessions, the active range of motion improved from -20° to -12°
(stiff knee still lacking full extension), and after eight additional weeks with nightly wear of dynamic
splint, the patient regained full knee extension,(active extension improved from -12° to 0°).
joy

Phoenix, AZ

#9 Jun 2, 2009
I am three and a half months post opt from a Total knee replacement. I don't have extenstion except when the PT's put brutal force on my knee...and boy does it KILL!! I got the Dinasplint yesterday and tried to sleep in it...no way..the bars hurt my upper leg even with the pads... i am a side sleeper.

I am supposed to sleep 7 hours with it..no way.
I am now supposed to used it three times daily and put the tension on #3 for a half hour..it kills me...I put it lower tensioin..still killls me..even huts with no splint to put my leg streaight for more than three minutes...any suggestions?
Jody White

United States

#10 Jun 15, 2009
I was advised 2 month out of total knee replacement to use the dynasplint. This was a total insurance scam. Impossible to sleep in, the pain from wearing it was crippling and it did not help my situation at all. I would never recommend using one of these.Dealing with the company regarding billing and insurance is an absolute nightmare.
I highly suggest you discuss the ramifications of using a dynasplint with your surgeon and not your therapist, you will not be sorry you did.
Rebecca

Chantilly, VA

#11 Nov 4, 2009
I have been using a dynasplint for my elbow for about a month. When I began I could only straighten my arm to 35 degrees. I can now get my arm straightened to 25 degrees. My PT and my orthopaedist both wanted me to get this device. My ortho is NIH and Hopkins affiliated and knows what he's doing. For those who are just starting with a dynasplint, yes, it can be uncomfortable, but it really isn't that bad. I wouldn't be discouraged reading the negative posts. My dynasplint has helped me.
Cheryll

Holmdel, NJ

#12 Nov 4, 2009
Hi-

I am 4 months from having a new ACL put in and I can't straighten my knee...doctor said I should try the dynasplint, but insurance doesn't pay for it and after reading about it, I don't think it's worth it. Am I too far out from surgery for it to work?
CRS

Canada

#13 Dec 16, 2009
For Cheryll:
I have just had my 3rd knee surgery (acl, 2 scar tissue removals) I started the dynasplint about 3 weeks before my third surgery and had gained about 8 degrees (towards straight). Now almost a month post op, I am at around -5 degrees. It is a fantastic product and is the only thing that is getting my leg straight again.
It might be too early to start costwise, but it can only help you. I wish I had known about it when I tore my acl.
Just to note, I am 17, and that could also be a contributing factor.
Nana Pamy

Fontana, CA

#14 Dec 26, 2009
I am 3 and a half weeks post op. from a TKA and I have been wearing the Dynasplint for four days last night I slept 3 and 1/2 hours with the splint on, it is quite painful when I wake up but other than the muscle spasms I am currently experiencing I am happy.
Diana

United States

#15 Dec 29, 2009
I just got mine today! I had osteomyelitis in my right hand and wrist bones. I have almost healed but my wrist is very stiff and I have loss of movement. I have 2 units. One for flexing and one for inflexion. I can tell that using these correctly along with continued physical therapy will significantly improve wrist motion. I have united healthcare insurance and the devices are covered. It puts a continuous stretch on my wrist when I use it. I have not worked up to sleeping in it yet…in a few days I will work up to that. I’ll keep you posted!
mike

Arlington, TX

#16 Jan 5, 2010
Dynasplints aren't good devices. it's an isurance scam and if you don't pay they'll send you to collections and ruin your credit. Don't use these devices they are also old technology,
Suzy

Arlington, TX

#17 Jan 12, 2010
I am a patient that had used the Dynasplint for my achilles tendon for nine months. When I first saw my doctor for my problem, he said that this thing called a Dynasplint could help. He said that he would have the rep, named Sarah, come in the next week and talk to me about it. When I went in and met the rep, my doctor and she said that it will help my problem and that she would contact my insurance company to see if I was covered. My doctor called me later in the week and told me that Sarah said my insurance would cover it 100% and she got me approved for coverage. And, that I should make an appointment to come in and get it fitted with the Dynasplint and get started with my treatment. I did. Nine months later Dynasplint wrote me a letter and said my insurance company was not paying the bills Dynasplint was sending them and if I could contact them. I did and my insurance company told me that Sarah, the Dynasplint rep, did not get approval and she did not follow the procedure to get approval. In fact, my insurance company told me that "the Dynasplint" was considered "experimental" and there was no proof that it helped anyone. And, if Sarah had filed the proper paperwork it would have been denied for that reason. They told me that she had never had contacted them at all. My insurance company told me that I needed to send in my doctors notes on my condition and they would review it and try and help. I did. Dynasplint did nothing. I did all the work and they have done nothing but try and get me to pay this bill. They asked me if I would request an appeal for my insurance company pay them. I did. My insurance company denied them again for the same reason. Dynasplint asked me if I would be willing to fill out paperwork and have the Medical Insurance Review Board review this and I did. The review board sided with my insurance company. It has been 3 1/2 years and they had a collection agency call me today. I have contacted an attorney. It seems Dynasplint has a scam going. They get patients to get a diagnosis from a doctor, sign paperwork saying they have been approved by their insurance company (when in fact they have not). And after a few months go by, they say their insurance is not paying so you have to. The catch is the patient has signed the paperwork. Dynasplint is a company that also scams it's patients and is committing insurance fraud. I am so sick of them and life is to short to deal with something like this. My mom just passed away and I have better things to do with my life.
Thanks!
Caroline

Warrenville, IL

#18 Jan 26, 2010
I agree with Mike and Suzy. After 3 years now too, I have a collection agency trying to make me pay. It's such a scam. Everything that Suzy said is happening to me too. I hate Dynasplint. I will report them to the BBB (Better Business Bureau).
Markie

Madisonville, LA

#19 Jan 27, 2010
This is nothing but an insurance scam. My PT and MD told me they wanted to see if Dynasplint would work. The rep came right our during my next visit. He said he would contact my insurance company and file all paperwork to get this approved. He then called me 3 days later and said he had approval and assured me this would be covered 100%- I would pay nothing. I got the Dynasplint in about 2 weeks and I wore the Dynasplint for 3 painful months. It did nothing... did not work!!! My PT said it needed to be adjusted so I called the rep more than 6 times and waited 2 months but I returned it because I could never get the rep to come back out and adjust it. Apparently these people don't care about you and do not return phone calls once you have purchased the product. Now after 11 months, i have started getting a bill from a COLLECTION agency saying I owe the Dynasplint company almost $1,000. I called my insurance company and they said Dynasplint did file a claim but NEVER contacted them for approval and so this was not approved. Furthermore, they told me that the paperwork submitted for the claim was not even complete and wouldn't have been paid even if it were approved. My insurance co was very nice and said they would see about covering it - if they could get all proper paperwork from Dynasplint to process the claim. I called both the initial rep and the billing claim rep at Dynasplint to see if I could get a copy of the approval or have them re-file the paperwork. Thier recording says..."Hi, I'm not in right now but if you leave a message i will return your call within 2 business days". This is a lie. It has been 4 months now leaving messages every week and still no phone call. DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH THIS SCAM!!!! It's a shame the way they are taking advantage of people in need of medical care. I am reporting them to the BBB.
New Dynasplint User

Chicago, IL

#20 Feb 22, 2010
Rebecca wrote:
I have been using a dynasplint for my elbow for about a month. When I began I could only straighten my arm to 35 degrees. I can now get my arm straightened to 25 degrees. My PT and my orthopaedist both wanted me to get this device. My ortho is NIH and Hopkins affiliated and knows what he's doing. For those who are just starting with a dynasplint, yes, it can be uncomfortable, but it really isn't that bad. I wouldn't be discouraged reading the negative posts. My dynasplint has helped me.
Thank you for this posting. I am encouraged by it and hope for good results, too. I too only have a 35 degree straightening 53 days out from significant radial head elbow surgery. PT and surgeon says the contracture is due to the scar tissue.(I started at 66 degrees so have improved with regular PT but just started using the Dynasplint for about a week.) All the videos and literature state clearly that the tension is too high if you feel pain and that the amount of time in the splint is key. Medical journals say that the first 100 days post-op yielded the best results. Note that the recommended timeframe to start with the splints isn't until 6 to 8 weeks post-op and results were measured after 3-1/2 to 4 months of daily use. So it is a gradual improvement requiring a lot of patience and commitment.

I felt overwhelmed at first and for the extension could only manage an hour at most at 2 tension but now I am up to 3 and have worn it three days in a row for over 4 hours continuously. I also use a kineseo (sp) machine at my PT office and it is less painful since the Dynasplints. My flexion I can wear 4 hours also at 8 tension.

My insurance is Aetna HMO and believe me they'd deny a bandaid if it isn't precertified so they couldn't be scammed.

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