Orthopedic Surgeon’s Alternative Care to Back Surgery: Interview with Arieh Grober,M.D.

:dropcap_open:G:dropcap_close:raduated in 1977 from Haifa-University Technion Medical School, Israel. Dr. Grober assumed Post-Graduate studies at Tel-Aviv University and worked for many years as an Orthopedic Surgeon in the Beilinson Campus, Rabin Medical-Center where he specialized in Orthopedic Surgery. In 1999, he invented and registered the patent on Cervico 2000 – a cervical traction unit. 
agrobermdHe became the owner and manager of two orthopedic clinics in Israel specializing in Spine Disorders and Lower Back Pain. Professional memberships include: A member and active participant in the American Back Society, a member of the World Chiropractic Federation and a member of the Israeli Orthopedic Association.

TAC: Tell us more in depth about the services and products you offer chiropractors and how or why you offer them.
AG: Meditrac’s unique proprietary treatment concept – “Traction on the Move” was developed by a team of orthopedic surgeons. In effect it transforms conservative traction methods, promoting rapid healing and rehabilitation. It combines the benefits of traction therapy for the cervical or lumbar spine with an innovative physical therapy program during treatment. As a result the patients improve their blood circulation, regain flexibility and experience an improvement in their psychological well-being.
Meditrac’s products are used to treat a wide range of spinal disorders including; sciatica, herniated disc, whiplash injury, degenerative changes and spinal stenosis caused by disc herniation.
Meditrac products include the Vertetrac – a lumber ambulatory traction system, Cervico 2000 – an ambulatory traction device for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and the Dynamic Brace System (DBS) – a patented system for treating idiopathic juvenile, adolescent and adult scoliosis. 
As staying in the forefront of therapy innovation is one of my goals, my medical staff and I are continuously conducting research, to further improve our proprietary traction devices. Currently, we are conducting research on the effectiveness of traction on muscle tension together with Prof. Staderini from the Western Switzerland University of Applied Sciences.
TAC: How do Chiropractic and Orthopedic treatments differ when treating spinal disorders? 
AG: Most Orthopedic surgeons are not aware or even ignore the preventive care aspect and are usually very eager and willing to perform an invasive procedure. In most cases they do not adequately clarify the possible outcomes of such a procedure, nor the possible complications. As opposed to Chiropractors, they are less open to alternative methods and less willing to use non-invasive treatment such as traction, manipulation, ice etc.
Personally, a very poor outcome from spinal surgery led me to the conclusion that surgery should always be the last resort for spine problems and should be performed only after other conservative treatments failed.

TAC: Compare between invasive and non-invasive treatments.
AG: I would love to answer the question with the following table:
treatmenttableTAC: Can you think of one change that a chiropractor can do to significantly impact his/her practice’s growth immediately? 

AG: One change for example, is treating more patients without adding extra human resources. This can be done when treating several patients simultaneously with compact and portable traction devices, as opposed to a one-by-one method. Another way to increase their income can be achieved by renting out or selling devices to chronic patients for home use.
TAC: Any final words for our readers?
AG: Make all the efforts you can to put your patients ‘back on the track’ as quickly as possible without any invasive procedure. Happy patients like to regain their sense of control. Allowing them the freedom of movement even during treatment is key to assuring their satisfaction and happiness.
You can contact Dr. Grober at: [email protected], Meditrac Ltd. 1-866-732-0170, +972-3-5467828. http://meditrac.co.il

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