Wellness programs cut down costs, keep employees healthy

Local provider easing pain, costs

SAN ANTONIO - Companies are considering more wellness programs to keeps costs down and employees healthy and happy.

For instance, a treatment known has Airrosti has become part of Broadway Bank's wellness program.

“We treat muscular, skeletal injuries -- anybody who has a sprain, strain, (or who has) thrown their lower back out (or) their shoulder," said Dr. Jason Garrett, vice president of clinical development.

The deep rubbing method has been approved by the bank's insurance and their employees.

“Being in a bank, we use computers all the time and a lot of people have neck issues and upper back issues," said Wade Trost, with Broadway Bank.

Airrosti makes quarterly visits to the bank and, if necessary, they set up appointments for further treatment at their offices.

“(Employees) come out feeling wonderful. Two visits later, (there's) nothing’s wrong. They feel absolutely great,” Trost said. "A happy employee is a productive employee.”

Time is the key to the success of the treatment. Airrosti uses two to three visits to get the patient back to feeling right.

“They know if they utilize us first, it’s going to get the employee back faster and save a lot of money in regards to unnecessary imaging, injections, surgeries and other services," Garrett said.

Along with business employees, Airrosti has treated members of NBA, pro- and college football teams and several pro-golfers.

“They will get you going in the right direction," said Jeff Burns, a local professional golfer.

They certainly got Burns going in the right direction. He said after suffering from plantar fasciitis for over a year, they got him fixed up and back walking normal.

“My first visit, it felt like a knife was going through my foot, practically, and after one visit, I could walk on knives," he said.

If Airrosti doctors feel like they can’t help the patient, they will send them to the necessary specialist.

Garrett also said it’s not just the immediate ailment that is helped. If the patient suffers from other problems like diabetes, or they are overweight, Airrosti can help keep the condition from worsening.

“If we can get them moving, get them healthy, their other claims costs have gone down dramatically,” Garrett said.

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