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The SpineForce equipment is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-4 and Wednesdays 9-11. Using the list below, find an open day for the SpineForce equipment and click on DETAILS to reveal what appointments are available to choose from. You can conveniently book multiple days and times by selecting ADD TO CART for each day you want to book and when done, select VIEW CART to select the times for each day. Call (716) 626-6301 or email us here to ask us about discounts for 10 and 50 session purchases.

Due to machine maintenance, Spine Force appointment scheduling will resume on November 16, 2015. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Hand & Wrist

Elbow

TMJD

Migrane & Face

Shoulder

Neck & Upper Back

Low Back & Sacroiliac

Hip

Knee

Foot & Ankle

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Prolotherapy for cartilege growth in severe knee osteoarthritis December 4, 2016 - Chondrogenic Effect of Intra-articular Hypertonic-Dextrose (Prolotherapy) in Severe Knee Osteoarthritis Gasto´n Andre´s Topol, MD, Leandro Ariel Podesta, MD, Kenneth Dean Reeves, MD, FAAPM&R, Marcia Mallma Giraldo, MD, Lanny L. Johnson, MD, AAOS, Raul Grasso, MD, Alexis Jamı´n, MD, Tom Clark, DC, RVT, RMSK, David Rabago, MD Abstract Background: Dextrose injection is reported to improve knee…
The Dormant Butt Syndrome June 6, 2016 - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dormant-butt-syndrome-a-cause-of-common-aches-and-pains/ Multiple news sources last week have reported on a physical phenomenon labeled as a “dormant butt syndrome”. This is a condition where postural muscles become deconditioned from too much siting and cause problems in the lower back, knees and hips. Although it sounds like it is something that has been newly discovered, medical, sports…
Soft Tissue – Why Is It Important April 28, 2015 - The soft connective tissue, located just under the skin, is a white membrane that wraps and connects the muscles, bones and blood vessels of the body. Soft tissue is also called fascia. This of it like the white fuzz inside an orange peel, connecting the "skin" and the "meat" of the orange. Learn More
Spring Clean the Diet April 22, 2015 - Spring is a time of regrowth and renewal. As the sun begins to shine and the temperature rises, we begin to open windows or clean the yard in order to prepare for a new season. Tis’ also the perfect time to “spring clean” your diet, transitioning from common comfort foods of winter to nutrient dense…
Physical Therapy Outdoor Walking Season April 13, 2015 - Spring marks the opening of “outdoor walking season” in western New York. Like any other activity, walking has its own specific injury profile often involving the foot and ankle. Learn More
Prolotherapy Prolotherapy Stimulates Tissue Repair March 23, 2015 - Prolotherapy is injection of any substance that promotes growth of normal cells, tissues, or organs. Studies have shown that it stimulates tissue repair.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Understand it and Beat it! February 23, 2015 - The typical lumbar spinal stenosis patient has difficulty with walking, standing and occasionally reaching overhead. You are not doomed to a life of leg pain and weakness. We can guide you through a progression of non-surgical options.
What exactly is the practice of Yoga? February 23, 2015 - The practice of yoga is for keeping in shape, but it creates fitness in more then just the physical sense. Learn more about what the practice of yoga is.
Hypoglycemic Index helps determine what kind of foods are good for you! February 13, 2015 - The Glycemic Index is a way to categorize carbohydrate rich foods and classifies foods from 0 to 100, based on how quickly glucose is absorbed after foods are consumed. Learn more...
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis: Study shows significant pain reduction and improvement in function December 14, 2014 - The purpose of this study was to investigate whether platelet-rich plasma therapy for early knee osteoarthritis is associated with good clinical outcomes and a change in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) structural appearances.

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How I Focus on a new model of health care

After working 10 years in a traditional musculoskeletal practice, Dr. Leonard Kaplan started a venture aimed at preventive medicine and wellness. Kaplan, a nonsurgical spine and sports medicine specialist, left a longtime job at Buffalo Spine & Sports Institute to start a concierge medical practice: Osteopathic Wellness Medicine of WNY . Concierge medicine, sometimes called VIP medicine, is a newer model of care where patients pay an annual fee to receive customized care and preventive wellness services. Patients contract directly with the physician, paying out of pocket, versus going through insurance. With annual pricing starting at $2,500, Kaplan will offer four scaled packages ranging from basic wellness to treatment for injuries. All patients will see the doctor, as well as a team of health care specialists including a physical therapist, nutritionist and yoga instructor. It’s a big change that followed years of battling with insurance companies to get his patients the care he felt they needed and deserved.

Dr. Leonard Kaplan - Business FirstThere are wellness centers where you have a smorgasbord like acupuncture or massage. Here you come in and get an hour with me, then a prescription for the things you need. So it’s the stuff the insurance companies say they want to create but never do. I’ve created perfectly coordinated and comprehensive care.

We have no one else but me seeing the patients here. I was tired of the fact that we were forced as physicians more and more into using extenders because of the reimbursement cuts. What’s happening is we have to see more patients but more of these end up followed by physician assistants or nurse practitioners, which can never replace the physicians’ knowledge base and skill.

For the last 11 years, it’s been a huge thorn in my side, knowing these people are not getting the best service they can get from me, seeing P.A.s for follow-up — not me — and also knowing there was nothing I could do about it. I was a slave to the system. I’ve basically just been biding my time for something that would allow me to do this.

It’s all out of pocket but if you buy a package, a lot of these services are discounted. We’ll give them a statement of services and in some cases they can submit, especially if it’s procedural, they can take it to their insurance company to get reimbursement. But honestly, I feel the contract is between the insurance company and the patient, not between me and the insurance company. This whole system along the way somehow got a little messed up and somehow the physician got stuck in the middle.

Before, 40 percent of my over – head went to staff who just did approvals and authorizations for insurance companies. The amount of time I spent writing rebuttals and writing appeals for denial of care is staggering. In the last 10 years, it was probably a year of my life spent just trying to get care for my patients. I’ve had enough. It’s just not going to happen.

I have around 100 clients who are coming in now, paying a la carte for services I provide that very few physicians in town offer, such as prolotherapy (regenerative injection therapy). I see people from Erie, Pa., from Rochester, Binghamton — I even have a guy driving in from Vermont just paying for that day’s service. For the packages, I would top out at 330 patient package clients. I have six now.

There are other concierge specialty practices, but not here. They’re in Baltimore, New York City, usually bigger places. I’m not the first one to do this by any means — there’s a whole group on LinkedIn.

It’s a different model, offering much, much more. I’ve been crafting this for the last 11 years, just hatching the plan.

We get together and discuss each patient or client, so you get this team approach where you say, “This is what’s going on. Now what do we need to take this person to a greater state of health?” We have this nice catchword, salutogenesis, which means creation of health.

Our mission is to create health, and all of the individuals have an important role to play: the physical therapist for fitness; the yoga per – son, who is trained in mindfulness, addressing stress reduction, med – itation — plus, yoga is a total body workout; and the nutritionist. You can’t not have nutrition if you’re talking about wellness.

It’s a very different model from anything that’s out there and I’m the captain of the ship.

— As told to Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First, February 20, 2015 (PDF Version)