Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Specialist

360 Orthopedics

General Orthopedics & Pain Management located in Sarasota, FL & Venice, FL

Durable medical equipment (DME) covers a wide range of devices that helps you heal, supports your recovery, and improves your overall quality of life. The board-certified physicians at 360 Orthopedics provide DME in the office, ensuring you can conveniently get the products you need while also personally fitting the equipment to meet your health care needs. If you have questions about DME or need to schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Sarasota, Venice, or Lakewood Ranch, Florida, or use the online booking feature today.

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Q & A

What is DME?

DME includes any piece of equipment you may need to help with a medical condition or to ensure your quality of life. In orthopedics, patients often need DME to treat and rehabilitate their bone, joint, and muscle injuries. 

However, DME must meet certain qualifications. Your DME must be medically necessary, able to stand up to repeated use, and designed for long-term use. Your equipment must also be appropriate for use in your home.

If your equipment meets these qualifications, most health insurance providers cover part or all of your costs to rent, purchase, replace, and upgrade your DME.

What type of DME might I need?

There are many types of DME, and the specific piece you need depends on your diagnosis. For example, you may need equipment that helps to relieve your pain, promotes your mobility, prevents an injury, or supports your ability to perform daily activities. 

You may also use DME during your rehabilitation or to treat chronic conditions.

These are just a few examples of the many possible types of DME you might need:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Knee brace
  • Off-loading knee brace
  • Shoulder brace
  • Back brace
  • Wrist brace
  • Ankle brace
  • Slings
  • Casts
  • Splints
  • Offloading shoes
  • Walking boot
  • Elbow and ankle wraps
  • Walkers, scooters, crutches, and canes

The team at 360 Orthopedics provides your DME on site, giving you the convenience of getting the equipment you need without traveling to a medical supply store. They also ensure that your equipment is perfectly fitted for your body, and they teach you how to use the equipment.

How do I get DME?

To get DME, you must have a diagnosis that verifies your need for DME, and a doctor’s prescription for the specific piece of equipment. If you haven’t received both, you need to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.

Though most health insurance providers, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover DME, you should check with your provider to be sure they cover the equipment you need and to learn if you’re responsible for paying a deductible. Then the team at 360 Orthopedics helps you get your DME.

If you have questions about DME or need to schedule an appointment, call 360 Orthopedics or book an appointment online.