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VQ OrthoCare® Announces New System for Patients to Treat Osteoarthritis of the Knee

BIO2000 Provides BioniCare® Patients a Simple and Effective Way to Track Their Treatment Progress

 
PRLog - Feb. 22, 2012 - CARLSBAD, Calif. -- IRVINE, Calif. – Feb. 22, 2012 – VQ OrthoCare® creator of the award-winning BioniCare® Knee System is pleased to announce the release of its new patient tracking technology BIO2000. This new device provides VQ OrthoCare patients a Bluetooth tracking option that uploads their signal information to the BioniCare Patient Portal where they can track their treatment progress through charts and graphs, print reports for their physicians, and find arthritis-related information, stories and tips. This driving device behind the delivery of BioniCare®, a non-invasive, pulsed electrical stimulator designed to treat osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, is worn under the OActive™ or Eagle™ OA knee brace, connects to the patient’s knee via electrodes and features a small, color touch screen with long-lasting battery power. Once connected, BIO2000 outputs stimulation that mimics the naturally occurring signal present in a healthy knee joint.

“Our goal is to make innovative osteoarthritis treatments simple and effective for patients to use,” said Jim Knape, president and founder, VQ OrthoCare. “BIO2000 allows patients to get involved with their treatment plans, ask questions and watch as the health of their knees improve. By creating this device, we are changing the way OA treatment is delivered and accessed.”

Since its FDA clearance in 2003, BioniCare has been prescribed to more than 80,000 patients nationwide. BioniCare was awarded the 2010 Innovations in HealthCare℠ ABBY award for reducing costs of providing quality healthcare, as well as the 2010 TechAmerica High-Tech award for achievement in technology. In October 2011, a study featuring the BioniCare Knee System was published in Rheumatology News. The 20-month long study, conducted by VQ OrthoCare to analyze treatment options for OA of the knee, concluded that patients with OA who combined BioniCare with the joint unloading OActive knee brace saw a substantial improvement of knee functionality in a shorter amount of time than patients who used either treatment options separately.

The new device is now available in all VQ OrthoCare systems and retails for $1,795. VQ OrthoCare offers several payment plans for patients, as well as the “BioniCare Better Knee Guarantee,” ensuring patients will experience improvements in their knee within five months of proper use of the BioniCare Knee System.

For more information on VQ OrthoCare or BioniCare, visit www.bionicare.com or call (888) 444 1456.

About VQ OrthoCare®:
Founded in 1989 and based in Irvine, Calif., VQ OrthoCare® is a leading manufacturer and provider of non-invasive medical solutions focused on bone, joint and soft-tissue conditions. VQ OrthoCare's commitment to treating patients with respect and supporting them in achieving optimum outcomes is unmatched in the industry. Services include in-home patient fitting of braces and other medical devices, and technology-enabled compliance monitoring. VQ OrthoCare’s products include: SurgiStim4, OrthoStim4, Eagle, Catalyst and OActive knee bracing, Fast Start EMS, Fast Start HVPC, VQ Vector, and the BioniCare system. VQ OrthoCare is registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a medical device manufacturer and specification developer.

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