Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics
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About Durable Medical Equipment

Whether you have a short-term injury or lifelong disability, durable medical equipment is essential for your mobility. At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO), with offices in Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Princeton, and Marlton, New Jersey, and Langhorne, Pennsylvania, the board-certified orthopaedic specialists offer onsite professionals trained to find the right medical equipment for your needs and goals. Call MBO or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Durable Medical Equipment Q & A

What is durable medical equipment?

Durable medical equipment (DME) refers to any appliance that enables you to carry out your routine and daily activities. Medicare Part B typically covers medically necessary DME that you need to navigate your home. Depending on your coverage and type of equipment, your plan may allow you to buy or rent your DME.

What qualifies as DME?

If you’re seeking Medicare coverage for DME, it must meet certain criteria. In general, DME must:

  • Be able to withstand long-term, repeated use
  • Last for at least three years or more
  • Be of use in your home
  • Be medically necessary

Many injuries, illnesses, and degenerative conditions qualify for DME to help improve your mobility.

What are the different types of DME?

Some of the most common types of DME include:

  • Bracing
  • Casting
  • Crutches
  • Wheelchairs
  • Power scooters
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Prosthetics
  • Canes
  • Walkers
  • Commode chairs

Depending on your illness, injury, or degenerative condition, the onsite professionals at Mercer Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO) can find the appropriate type of DME to suit your specific needs and mobility goals.

Why would I need DME?

DME can help support your overall wellbeing, range of motion, flexibility, and mobility if you have an injury or degenerative condition that interferes with your daily activities. The orthopaedic specialists at MBO may recommend DME if you have:


Fractures are bone breaks that can limit your movement. Whether you endure a leg, foot, wrist, hand, or spinal fracture, DME is critical for your recovery. Your orthopaedic specialist may recommend bracing, crutches, or even a wheelchair to promote healthy healing.


Osteoporosis causes porous, brittle bones that are vulnerable to fractures. Advanced osteoporosis may benefit from walking assistance to prevent serious fractures, particularly in the back.

ACL injury

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee is vulnerable to injury and wear-and-tear. If you suffer an ACL injury, your physician may recommend crutches while you recover.


Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints. Osteoarthritis, the most common type, causes the cartilage around your joints to deteriorate. In advanced cases, your doctor may recommend bracing to immobilize your joints.

To learn more about durable medical equipment, call Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics or schedule an appointment online today.