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How to Choose the Best Treatment Table: Five Key Considerations

Physical therapy, chiropractic, sports medicine, massage—each of these practice types can benefit from a treatment table. Unsurprisingly, the number of available options and price ranges are as different as the types of practices served by Great Lakes Imaging. But if you’re in the process of outfitting a new practice, replacing old equipment, or growing your business, the checklist for finding the best treatment tables in the Detroit area is surprisingly consistent.

1. Shop for Durability

We understand. Price matters. With that being said, your first consideration should be the treatment table’s durability rather than its price tag. For many practices, this is the single most-used piece of equipment you own. Trying to find something that’s cheap and adequate for now isn’t exactly a formula for long-term success—or savings—since corners cut for cost often lead to substandard equipment that is more prone to break down, wiping out the money you may have saved upfront.

2. Ensure it Serves Your Patients

No matter what form your treatment table ultimately takes, it should be the right size to accommodate patients, with generous padding and easy-clean upholstery that ensures comfort. Its height should allow for easy access, especially for those with mobility issues. And your comfort matters too; an articulating treatment table allows for a wider range of adjustments, avoids injuring the practitioner, and improves patient outcomes.

3. Choose the Functions that Matter Most

Whether you’re shopping to outfit a chiropractor’s office or a physical therapy practice, you’ll find a wide range of treatment tables at your disposal. Their sizes, shapes, and functions will vary widely, and it’s important to get the right fit from day one. Ask yourself:

  • Do I have enough storage, or should I be looking for a treatment table with storage space?
  • Do I need a portable treatment table or traction table?
  • Would I be better off with a motorized table, or would one that adjusts manually suffice?
  • Do I already have any of the traction accessories that go with this table, or should I buy them as well?
  • Have I fully considered my other options? Sometimes an office has sufficient table space and might benefit from the addition of OptiFlex Ankle CPM, or an OptiFlex-K1 to deliver continuous passive motion therapy, for instance.

4. Take Maintenance Into Account

Most of the equipment we sell—from ultrasound equipment to mobile imaging solutions and, yes, exam tables—requires occasional maintenance and calibration, and may also need repair from time to time. Great Lakes Imaging doesn’t just sell equipment; we offer medical equipment maintenance and repair too, with as much of our work as possible performed onsite to minimize disruption, and more complex repairs handled in our facility for a fast turnaround time. Ensure that your vendor backs what they sell!

5. Now, Consider Cost

When we started this checklist, we mentioned that price shouldn’t be your primary consideration when buying medical equipment. That doesn’t mean that price doesn’t matter. If you’ve found a table that perfectly fits the needs of your practice and the patients you serve, we encourage you to browse our selection of reconditioned used treatment tables if you find your needs temporarily exceed your finances.

Consult with Great Lakes Imaging

Sourcing the right medical equipment for your practice is only one of the many challenges you face on a day-to-day basis. Medical equipment installation, design services, maintenance… with all you deal with, it’s a wonder there’s time left in the day to see patients. You aren’t alone. Great Lakes Imaging can help with more than you think, so reach out to us today!