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THE INSURANCE FIASCO – or should it be termed a disaster

In the practice of medicine today, the complexity of insurance is infinite, however only becomes a problem when an “event” occurs.

The following story is becoming more typical and frequent than one realizes or would wish.

The patient in question had a severe automobile accident, not his fault, over five years ago. He has lost his business and his home. Throughout this period, he has undergone countless courses of medical therapy, an unending series of tests and many medical and other assessments. As a final insult, he has been evicted from his home due to his inability to service the mortgage. At this time he is living in semi-abject poverty.

Here is his wife’s recounting of the proceedings; she writes as follows:

We trust this is a good moment to bring you up to date. John has been going through countless assessments and most recently, the ones for his catastrophic designation, which will be finally arbitrated at the end of April. The scheduled hearings with all the experts will last over two weeks. The assessments John went through lasted from forty minutes to two days. The medical evaluations that were initiated by the insurance companies and executed by their “selected doctors” did not lack briefness, trickery and manipulation. Their reviews are insincere and dishonest with ample insulting efforts and frustrating moments to disturb and offend the victim. It must be their principle to close all their prejudiced reports with the same findings – to decline anything and everything.

Our side applied for the arbitration, which will take place in front of FISCO, the Ontario government’s controlling body for all insurance issues. FISCO has no power to decide on financial losses and damages of the plaintiffs, but is the organ and consequently imperative for defining the victim’s rights and the insurers obligations (up to two million) for retroactive and future payments regarding John’s care taking, rehabilitation, medication and treatments. The Superior Court of Justice in Ontario will eventually hear the damage claim.

After all, John did not cause the accident.
He was t-boned on a Monday afternoon in October 2007 and his mistake was that he showed up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The result of this error is permanent brain injury, back and balance problems, chronic headaches, etc., the loss of all income with only expenses left, including and not limited to all his equity, retirement savings, valuable life insurance policies etc. and a smashed and beyond repair automobile.
John has been disabled and absent from his business and social life ever since. The seventeen year young driver was charged and pleaded guilty. No support or reimbursement has been presented yet.
Is this a scandal? Yes! Is John the only victim of the insurance system? No!

The last year was most stressful.
We have been constantly working on our financial survival and the reinstatement of John’s treatments that had been cut off by the insurer in 2009. One may question why you have insurance at all when they refuse support and follow through when needed. John’s motivation to have the family well provided for has always been evident. His guiding principle to have any thinkable incident insured and financially secured is fact but has not materialized or manifested in any compensation by today.
What has become apparent is the scandalous reality and truth that he was, is and will be at the mercy of the insurance companies, their counsel and doctors, who are deciding on everything including the timing of when to get treatments and of course the payments. It is just a nightmare. Not to mention that down the road the judges and jury will have a say if no prior settlement is achieved.
Actually, October first 2012 was our ‘fifth accident anniversary’!

John went as far as to obtain through Chubb Insurance an umbrella policy of ten million dollars twenty years ago. This was supposed to provide the safety net in the unfortunate situation of an automobile accident where the other driver has no or insufficient insurance coverage. In our case the other driver was covered for two million under her father’s Toronto Dominion Insurance Policy as the principal car owner.
The pending hearings in John’s family tort claim vs. the driver, her father and their TD Car Insurance as well vs. John’s Chubb personal insurance for amounts exceeding the TD coverage will take place in the ‘Ontario Superior Court of Justice’. Three weeks will be needed for the court hearing in case no pre trial settlement is reached.

John’s different life and disability Insurers in Germany (Allianz Insurance and the Unfall und Renten Versicherung) and Switzerland (Winterthur Insurance and AHV) handled and settled our legitimate claims professionally and timely after they had completed their due diligence and comprehensive and ongoing medical assessments. Contrary to that attitude is the behavior of the two major Insurance Companies at whose mercy we now exist.
Their concept of processing a claim is definitely not based on fact-finding or to provide relief and financial help for the victims and their families. Their well-set principle is based on delaying, declining and intimidating.
This is a “business world” in itself, a kind of an ‘insurance mafia’ where the insurance providers are investing substantial funds for delaying and fighting any claims by well thought out legal maneuvers, by screening the victims to their bones and involving investigation agencies to have the sufferers monitored and followed.
The insurers appointed doctors conducting the so-called “independent” and “non-bias assessments” and the insurers lobby and financial power in the political arena and lawmaking body don’t necessarily improve the victim’s position.

The more you get involved the clearer the concept becomes. It did not come as a total surprise that the outcome of the insurers independent assessments are in reality “prejudiced reports” to hide and justify the insurers disapproving rightful demands. They just decline and the victims are left all over again with the same task on hand… “prove it”. Or to paraphrase, prove what?

Everybody who knows John will confirm that he would be the last one who didn’t want to be on the hospitality world stage anymore.
For the longest time after the accident John was in a denial frame of mind and would not even admit or accept that his days are over and that he had become disabled indefinitely. For him not to be able to be with people and create, lead and execute ideas and concepts any longer is catastrophic.
In a split of a second, he was taken away from his successful, fulfilling and rewarding business, family and social life and confined to being a non-entity.

The insurers self-serving delay tactics by ignoring the numerous non-biased doctors and specialist assessments, by declining treatments and payments and even questioning John’s integrity is totally insulting, wrong and harmful. These insurance companies try to wait the victims out, financially and morally until they give up and throw in the towel, pass away or depart this life voluntarily before any settlement is achieved or just give up and face the financial reality of being ruined permanently. Ever listen to an insurance ad? Total deception!

We try very hard to stay positive, ever getting closer to the boiling point. We truly hope that the latest events are an indication that the parties are moving to ultimately determine the severity of John’s injuries and his ability to continue what he always enjoyed doing.
His whole life shows his dedication to his profession, his total commitment to deliver the best and his always-positive approach to people and life.
All this is evident in his letter “to whom it may concern”, his essay “my life” and “other supporting documentation”, not to mention the medical file with “the assessments, expert reports and treatment history” and the supporter list with the “seventy-seven support letters” our counsel and I received describing John.

If you have interest in any of the credentials, we would be excited and very pleased to provide them to you.

This automobile accident has such a devastating effect on us.
Not enough, that John couldn’t carry on his profession and business that he loved so much, now we no longer have any hope. It has been taken away.

After we had used up our savings, closed both retirement saving accounts, surrendered John’s very valuable and paid up Life Insurance used up all our investments and savings, we were left with no choice than to take our daughters out of their private school, which they had enjoyed for eight years. Last but not least, John’s Royal Bank’s disability payments came to an end in January 2011 when he turned 66. Since that day, only some small pension payments are received monthly.

It has been really tough and believe us, we are looking more than forward to the day when we may be able to show our appreciation to those who have helped.

And now in its sixth’s year we are close to losing our last family asset, which was already highly leveraged for the reasons indicated. John’s Family Trust owns our beautiful home. Most channels have been exhausted. We must have tried every avenue to get our first mortgage increased to a level where we would be able to consolidate the first and the second mortgage into one, and still have an additional amount reserved (escrowed) to secure the interest and tax payments for a period of up to 18 months so that no default could be possible. The property provides sufficient equity but our almost non-existing income stream made any refinancing an impossible task.

Please forgive us for the lengthy and sometimes-repetitive report. We like to tell you how much we appreciate the opportunity to express our thoughts and feelings and were able to describe what our family has experienced going through the last five years and what may be the next steps in our saga.

We are still blessed with our family and we need to carry on until such time as we have found common ground with the Insurers and their troops.

Thank you for listening, thank you for your compassion and thank you for your friendship and trust and your readiness to bear with us.

Patients often inquire about the treatment for “shingles” (herpes zoster). Here is a typical report from a patient in his own words that confirms the point. There are many others that travel a similar course however some require more prolonged treatment and a certain degree of persistence. Eventually all can be cured.


Dr. Fred Kahn


July 10, 2012

Orville Baily

orvdean@sympatico.ca

Dear Dr. Kahn,

I know I am late in sending this to you and was waiting to see if I had a recurrence of the problem. I can happily say that there has been nothing since I had the last Laser Treatment on July 2011.

To explain my situation, I sustained a very painful case of shingles while on a river cruise through Europe. I went to an MD in Venice on July 6th and was told there is no cure and “here are some pain pills for you to take”. On arrival home on the 9th I went to the Emergency room at Mississauga Hospital and was told the same thing. The next day I saw another MD and now the same familiar response happened.

On the 13th my nephew who is a chiropractor in Vancouver and uses Dr Kahn’s Laser Treatment called me and got me into Meditech and I had my first treatment on the 13th. I had some relief after 2 days. I had a total number of 3 treatments over 14 days and as I have said earlier, have had no trouble since. I would recommend this treatment to anyone.

Incidentally, I should also mention that the severe degenerative osteoarthritis of my spine cleared up completely at the same time.

From a very satisfied patient,

Orville Baily

Classical Cases Treated in the Past Week at Meditech

Case #1

Diagnosis – Neuropathy

67 year old executive with three year history of ulcers of the left foot

Previous treatment:
• Weekly visits to university centre wound clinic
• Dressing changes several times per week
• Intravenous antibiotics- 6months
• No improvement over three years of continuing care
• Estimated cost of treatments prior to Meditech intervention – $150,000

Course at Meditech
• Treatments on three consecutive days
• Wound left open
• Continuous saline compresses during the night
• Discontinuation of all medications

Result
• Major wound reduced from 0.92cm to 0.18 after three treatments (in essence wound is healed)
• Cost of treatments at Meditech – $500

You might term this “the battle of three years vs. three days”.

Anecdotal or Evidence-based? Judge for yourself!

Neuropathy

Case #2

Diagnosis – Gout

69 year old retired professional athlete (NHL) with gout of the right foot

• Acute pain, 2 days in duration
• Right foot inflamed (pain, edema, tenderness)
• Unable to walk

Status after 1 Laser Treatment:
• Zero pain
• Edema, erythema, etc. almost completely relieved
• No medication required
• Fully ambulatory
• Symptom-free

Gout

Baseball Pitchers – Common Injuries

Baseball pitchers are exposed to extremes of stress, imposed in throwing a ball at speeds over 100 km per hour. These movements subject a number of anatomical regions to repetitive motion type injuries, including the shoulder, elbow, cervical and thoracolumbar spine. As might be anticipated, the most common and most serious injuries sustained by pitchers involve the shoulder joint. The reasons for this are quite obvious. From an anatomical perspective, the shoulder joint and the surrounding tissues are structurally complex, highly mobile and involved in most upper body movements.

Initially, the pitcher complains of pain and subsequently undergoes examination and treatment by the trainer. Ultrasound studies, X-rays, MRIs and PET Scans follow, often on an all too frequent basis and clearly without any significant clinical benefit. Therapy almost invariably consists of a combination of treatments designed to alleviate the symptoms. These include exercise, interferential current, ultrasound, massage and the inevitable application of ice.

Essentially, ice is a counter-irritant and is not beneficial with regard to cellular function or structure. It should be noted that these therapies modulate symptoms in contradistinction to Laser Therapy which is designed to heal tissue at the cellular level, thereby restoring normal cell structure and function. In essence, this technology cures the existing pathology and thereby achieves the desired result.

Generally, conventional therapies relieve symptoms temporarily and as the inflammation subsides, the pitcher resumes throwing. In my experience, rest, gentle stretching and the application of some heat accomplishes the same objective, probably more rapidly. Subsequent to the institution of modulation therapies, pitchers undergo a course of rehabilitation, primarily based on exercise, which may be counter-productive with regard to the healing process.

The institution of surgery following unsuccessful rehabilitation almost invariably results in permanent failure. For surgical repair to be successful, at least from a theoretical perspective, complete immobilization of the shoulder for six weeks or more would be required. This measure is seldom observed, therefore the repair is subject to technical breakdown.

At Meditech, we feel a more rational and elegant therapy would be to adopt the following strategy:
• Rest (during early phase of injury)

• The administration of Laser Therapy daily

• Massage as indicated

• The initiation of gentle stretching 1-2 weeks post injury

The incorporation of this relatively simple approach to all shoulder injuries sustained by baseball pitchers would lead to a cure in over 90% of all cases; a player’s career would therefore be extended. For example Duane Ward and a host of other pitchers that have labored for the Toronto Blue Jays and other baseball organizations in the past, are prime examples of the results produced utilizing the surgical approach for shoulder injuries. All too frequently, subsequent to surgery, pitchers will seldom throw the ball again – certainly not at the professional level.

Combining the healing potential of laser, nature (i.e. time) and other conservative measures, over 90% of all pitchers post injury could be returned to a normal functional levels, if the Meditech strategy is followed.

Fred Kahn, MD, FRCS(C)

National Post Article

Read the article on the Financial Post web site

Commentary Re Patient Management

In the practice of laser medicine, it has come to our attention that on occasion, patients that should respond to Laser Therapy are either slow to do so or do not improve to the degree anticipated.

We have reviewed a representative number of cases with respect to this issue and have found that in almost all instances the lack of success can be ascribed to the patient self-directing the frequency of treatment sessions, duration and other aspects of treatment. This is counter-productive for everyone concerned.

Accordingly, we make available this directive, to be distributed to each patient on the institution of therapy.

Patient Compliance – Therapeutic Implications

At this time, we wish to emphasize a number of factors regarding the administration of Laser Therapy.

The therapy team that attends to your medical problems will advise you regarding the frequency and duration of treatments. This may vary from one patient to another and also with respect to the condition being treated.

For travel and work reasons deviations from the treatment schedule are permissible. Generally, however, patients are advised to follow the course of treatment outlined, in order to produce optimal clinical outcomes. Significant deviation from that course can impede the healing process.

Our experience over the course of almost twenty years has proven conclusively that patients who comply with their prescribed therapeutic schedule achieve their objectives more rapidly than those who do not.

Once again, in order to achieve maximum benefit, patients must be encouraged to follow the treatment schedule outlined by the healthcare professional managing their case.

•  Allowances with regard to frequency of treatments may be made depending on geographic considerations and the time factor involved. For best outcomes however, a relatively structured therapeutic programme is essential.

•  In some patients, improvement may be evident after only 1-2 treatment sessions, in others however, secondary to genetic factors, chronicity, etc. 8-12 treatments may be required before significant improvement is experienced.

•  It is always stressed that patients should adhere to the programme recommended, in order to achieve the desired objective.

•  Adverse effects resulting from Laser Therapy are negligible and are not significant in our extensive experience. Nevertheless, if any should occur bring them to the immediate attention of the medical staff in order that the therapy may be modified accordingly.

•  It is essential that patients be reassessed by the healthcare professional directing their therapeutic programme every 2-4 visits, to effect protocol changes that will advance the healing process.

•  Customization of the protocols for each individual patient is an important aspect of Laser Therapy.

•  If patients need to be seen more frequently by the supervising clinician, they should so indicate when registering or notify the attending therapist, prior to the initiation of treatment.

Fred Kahn, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)

Bulletin Board Communication

Enclosed is a Bulletin Board communication that demonstrates what is possible.

When I first received this inquiry, I was caught in a dilemma whether to treat or let nature take its course. Fortunately, I made the right decision which is what we attempt to do at all times. The results speak for themselves.

We have seen a number of similar cases of this type in the past, however this one is somewhat special, particularly in view of the result.

At the same time, we offer our congratulations and thanks to therapist Donna Rasplica, MSc., R.Ac., Dr. TCM, who made it all happen. It is highly probable that this patient will continue to improve over a prolonged period of time.

The lesson to be learned from this case is – “that you cannot succeed unless you try.” In addition, the healing potential of Laser Therapy is once again emphasized.

Bulletin Board Conversation

TREATMENT OF DEGENERATIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEES

National Post Article

THE TREATMENT OF CHOICE FOR DEGENERATIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS
OF THE KNEES

October 2, 2009, Fred Kahn MD, FRCS(C)

I recently read the enclosed article in the Financial Post September 30, 2009. Whereas the article in its context
is largely correct and points out a significant number of alternative therapies for the treatment of degenerative
osteoarthritis of the knees, it misses out on the most important option of all.

Before I proceed with this commentary, I should state that degenerative osteoarthritis of the knees affects over
30%of the adult population over 50 years in age. It is particularly prevalent in athletes who have played contact
sports both at the amateur and professional level. In those instances, the process is accelerated and often
becomes symptomatic in the early and mid 40’s.

With all due respect, medications both oral and injectable have not provided a solution nor as the enclosed
article indicates, has surgery. Knee replacements, when they work, are more than satisfactory but in a significant
percentage of cases, they result in failure. (I.e. pain, inflammation and the ability to be ambulatory). Sometimes,
this is followed by the insertion of a replacement prosthesis, again with less than desirable results.
At our clinics, these unfortunate patients present, not infrequently and unfortunately it is not possible for them to
return to their pre-surgical state.

From the therapeutic perspective, we have been utilizing Laser Therapy over the past 15 years and out of over
200 knees treated on an average annualized basis, less than 3% have required replacement surgery. Often, we
see patients who are already scheduled for surgery and are allowed 3 to 4 weeks to prove the effectiveness of
Laser Therapy. Almost invariably, we succeed. Why this approach should not be more widely used is therefore
difficult to understand.

Several years ago, I circulated a letter to every provincial health minister in Canada requesting that their ministry
permit us to treat 100 knees waiting for knee replacement. I indicated that these could be rehabilitated at a cost
of less than $2,000.00 per patient, significantly less than continuing procrastination or pursuing the surgical
route. Not one health minister responded. Despite this, we continue to treat individuals suffering from this entity
on a daily basis and achieve consistent, outstanding results. Whereas I am exasperated with this current state
of affairs, I wonder what can be done to rectify this situation in a constructive manner.

In conclusion, I can state unequivocally that the treatment of choice for degenerative osteoarthritis of the knees
is Low Intensity Laser Therapy. Surgery, if required on rare occasions, can always be performed at a later date.

A Meditech User’s Report

March 20, 2009

On a recent Saturday morning, the clinic had a visit from Darlene Corkett, the proprietor of the Waldencroft Clinic in Barrie. Darlene purchased her first BioFlex System in May 2006 and a second unit, one month later. Over the past three years, she has developed an extensive practice in which she works on a full-time basis.
In conversing with Darlene, I was impressed with her skills in assessing patients and applying proper treatment. As we often say at Meditech, “she really gets it!”
On the occasion of that visit, I was so intrigued by her comments that I asked her to write an article about her experiences and the nature of her practice.
Her unedited article is being published in the Laser Report to serve as a “beacon” for other BioFlex users and to illustrate the benefits her efforts bring to the community.

My introduction to the Meditech laser machine was actually through my mother, who lives in the Maritimes. She had just finished reading an article about LILT by Dr. Gifford-Jones and she wanted to know if laser would be something she would benefit from. Her doctor was suggesting a total hip replacement due to a thyroid medication induced osteoporosis. I promised I would look into it.

After touring Meditech’s clinic on Horner Avenue, I met with Dr. Fred Kahn and was immediately impressed with what I saw and heard about LILT.

I purchased my first machine in May 2006 and my second machine one month later. It wasn’t long before I was very busy with the large number of senior clientele I was treating with Shiatsu and Acupuncture. I started by asking my patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis if I could treat their conditions with laser. Many, many treatments later with a tremendous amount of great feedback from my clients I felt I was just beginning to know how to customize the machines.

Each patient has their own unique set of problems, and history. Listening to their complaints and symptoms gives me a better idea as to how I can set up the protocols to suit their needs. Listening is the key!

My background as a Certified Shiatsu Therapist and Acupuncturist helps me to evaluate and zero in on their chief complaint. Combining my skills as a therapist with the sheer love I have of the study of the human body and pathologies, I was becoming more and more comfortable with “tweaking” the protocols.

The senior patients who come to my clinic are extremely active and get quite annoyed when they are unable to carry out the activities they had previously been enjoying because of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. They also want to get in and out of treatment as quickly as possible.

I explain to them that the protocol for a specific pathology usually requires a certain number of treatments, and since everyone reacts differently to laser, I reassess them at each visit.

Using “Paula”, my life size skeleton, and charts, I also explain the results of their MRIs, x-rays and CT scans in as much detail as possible. This helps them visualize the problem, and gives them some responsibility for healing themselves. I have found that the more a patient knows about their body the greater their empowerment. It also engages them as very compliant clients. Although I could not prevent my mother’s hip replacements, she did come and visit for a while and had post-operative treatments. She is now back to walking and snowshoeing and remains pain free.

Case Study:

Madeline B., age 72, presented with symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in her knees, hands and feet and shoulders.

She was diagnosed with these conditions in 1967 at age 31. For 26 years she had Gold shots. Arthroscopic surgery was done on both knees in 1989. She was taking Methotrexate for 15 years and is presently on a new drug, Arava. As of 2 years ago, she is no longer taking Methotrexate. She is also a controlled diabetic on Metformin. She finds that heat helps to reduce pain.

When Madeline came to the clinic in August 2006 she was in severe pain. Her knees, hands, shoulder joints and feet were all red and swollen. She had been scheduled many times for bilateral knee replacements but was unable to get the surgery done due to low platelet count. (Methotrexate shuts down the immune system.) Because of the severity and the large area of pain, I decided to customize the rheumatoid arthritis protocol to treat the knees first. The results in the next ten days were remarkable with a significant decrease of pain and a decrease in heat and redness in the knees. Her gait, which had been greatly affected by her pain, normalized. She was able to walk much better, with greater stability, and most importantly, she started to sleep again.

Madeline still suffered from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis in her hands, shoulders and feet so I changed the protocol once again to treat the spine.

The results of this treatment were amazing! Ten treatments later, her whole body responded to the treatments. For the first time in several years, she was able to climb the stairs to the arena to watch her grandson play hockey! She now comes in for one treatment every month. This is enough to keep the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis under control.

Her community activities have increased, and she and her friends and family feel that she hasn’t been this terrific in many years.

The majority of my clients are seniors with degenerative diseases, and even though it is sometimes difficult to treat people with such debilitating problems, it is very satisfying and exciting to see what can be done with LILT. Having treated many people like Madeline, I feel that laser therapy is nothing short of miraculous!

Darlene Corkett CST, D.Ac
Waldencroft Shiatsu Clinic
Laser Therapy

WOUND HEALING

The treatment of wounds continues to be a controversial subject in the medical community. Generally a variety of dressings are utilized along with an overwhelming number of medications.

At Meditech, we continue to see an increasing number of these sometimes challenging problems that fail to respond to conventional therapies.

Utilizing the Meditech regimen, we are able to achieve consistent positive results, particularly as our experience in this area increases.

Our treatment approach consists of the following:

• the removal of dressings

• discontinuation of the majority or all pharmaceuticals

• instituting a programme of laser therapy

• saline compresses as indicated

A useful adjunct when available is the hyperbaric chamber.

On this programme, we have developed the ability to heal an extensive variety of wounds in a relatively short period of time.

Our goal is to establish this method of healing more widely.

The 7 cases illustrated in this monograph clearly corroborate the effectiveness of laser therapy, the basic platform in this healing methodology.

CASE #1

Patient#: 5230

Age: 50/F

Diagnosis: Pre-gangrenous foot – Multiple ulcers secondary to Diabetes Mellitus

This diabetic ulcer presented for follow-up several months post-cessation of laser treatment. There has been no recurrence of the ulcer previously treated with the BioFlex System. The patient is asymptomatic, fully functional and the photograph indicates significant remodeling of the soft tissues.

CASE #2

Patient#: 5094

Age: 77/M

Diagnosis: Ulcer – left foot

This patient demonstrates complete healing of an ulcer after 5 treatments administered over the course of 1 week. Etiology is peripheral arterial occlusive disease. At this time, the patient is asymptomatic, walking normally and does not require any medication.

CASE #3

Patient#: 4840

Age: 72/F

Diagnosis: Infected ulcer – secondary to inadequate arterial circulation

This patient lives over 4 hours away from our clinic and is therefore only being treated sporadically with the Home Unit II. Despite the self-administration, healing is progressing slowly and complete epithelization of the ulcer bed should be complete over the next 6 weeks. Notably, the dimensions of the ulcer have been reduced from 111 cm² to 7.87 cm² and there is healing both at the base and the ulcer margins.

CASE #4

Patient#: 3183

Age: 79/M

Diagnosis: Dermal Ulcer – right heel

This patient’s ulcer developed while being treated in the hospital for a CVA. Following the conventional therapeutic approach, the ulcer continued to increase in dimension. The patient utilized oral and topical antibiotics and dressing changes on alternate days over several months.

On our wound care program, the wound was left open and antibiotics were discontinued. In addition, laser therapy was instituted along with saline compresses at home. Complete healing has occurred and remodeling is evident post-cessation of laser therapy.

CASE #5

Patient#: 6329

Age: 90/F

Diagnosis: Ulcers – right foot, great & 2nd toes

One can visualize the improvement in the appearance of the foot following 6 treatments. Cyanosis is no longer present and the edema and erythema are minimal. Mobility of the toes has been completely restored and the ulcers demonstrate good peripheral healing.

CASE #6

Patient#: 6198

Age: 58/M

Diagnosis: Peripheral arterial occlusive disease with multiple ulcers – left foot

Patient presented with an extremely inflamed forefoot (diameter 42 cm), discolouration, ulcerations and fissuring in several areas and unable to bear weight. After several treatments diameter reduced to 32 cm, all signs of inflammation have disappeared and patient is able to bear weight without discomfort (note distance between 1st and 2nd toes).

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Herniated Discs No Match For Laser Therapy

Last Friday, we had a surprise visit from an old patient, Gerard Mol, a farmer from Prince Edward Island (PEI). Farming today has become more of a corporate venture and Gerard represents that form of endeavour, managing several hundred acres of various crops, including those wonderful potatoes, famous throughout the world.
Mr. Mol originally came to us in June 2006 with a long-standing history of back pain, subsequent to an injury 8 years earlier. His symptoms had been acute, present in excess of one year and were relatively incapacitating. There was “sciatic pain” and all meaningful physical activities were totally restricted. After many different therapies and consultations with a number of specialists, his condition had not improved. He had come to the conclusion that if Laser Therapy were not effective, he would be forced to “sell the farm.”
Radiological findings revealed herniated discs at L4,5 and L5-S1 levels. In addition there was extensive degenerative osteoarthritis, secondary to the heavy lifting the patient had performed over the years. A highly competent neurosurgeon had previously reviewed his situation and the decision to operate was reserved, in view of the extensive pathology.
Clinical examination when he presented at Meditech revealed a minimal range of motion of the thoracolumbar spine. There was a reverse scoliosis, flattening of the lumbar lordosis and the patient was in such acute pain that he had to be treated daily at a hotel near the clinic, initially. After three to four days, he was able to come to the clinic and at the end of two weeks, his symptoms were markedly reduced.
To maintain his status, Gerard with the assistance of a nurse he brought from PEI were trained to use the Professional System at home, in order to continue the healing process and prevent recurrence. This has been completely successful. Indeed, at this time, his spine is normal in appearance, he continues to be completely asymptomatic and he has regained total functionality with regard to range of motion of the spine and activity levels.
Mr. Mol, being a responsible citizen, used his business talents to establish the first Laser Therapy clinic in Prince Edward Island and he is in the process of enlarging this clinic with the addition of more systems to serve the population of his island. Meditech salutes Gerard for his perceptiveness in choosing the right treatment, leading by example and establishing an institution that will be a benefit to the people of PEI.