At Bacharach, we pride ourselves on offering our patients state-of-the-art technology to facilitate the quickest and most comprehensive recovery possible. Using the most advanced equipment available on the market today, our highly trained health care professionals are able to provide the most up-to-date treatment protocols offered anywhere in the country.
Unweighted Gait Training
Patients with balance issues, leg pain, ankle, knee and hip weakness and joint disease can benefit greatly from Unweighted Gait Training. This technology is also extremely effective for patients with neurological issues related to stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions that cause gait issues and compromise walking.
Unweighted Gait Training involves walking on a treadmill with a harness to support some or all of a patient’s weight as they exercise. The decreased pressure on joints and the spine allows free walking, similar to exercising in a pool.
Unweighted Gait Training reduced the impact of exercise on joints, providing patients with the ability to exercise without pain, faster and for longer periods of time.
By combining the features of more than four different machines, the BTE PrimusRS at Bacharach helps therapists create individualized treatment programs using a full standard set of tool attachments and a free-motion cable system to replicate nearly any functional or daily activity, including at-home, at-work and on-the-field tasks.
The unit provides our physical and occupational therapists, athletic trainers and other exercise specialists with advanced training capabilities, interactive software and the ability to store patient input and output during an evaluation or exercise. The machine uses that information to objectively measure and chart patient performance and progress.
The interactive system provides visual cues to help maximize patients’ performance while also allowing therapists to evaluate a patient’s progress at any given time and adjust the resistance program. Therapists grade patients’ activities so the patient can progress to increased strength in a safe manner and without further injury.
Bacharach’s BTE PrimusRS machines are equipped to facilitate both upper- and lower-body treatment programs, including resistive running and walking, stabilization and balance exercises and resistance for leg motions. Pictured above are Chris Jones and Rebecca Roesch using the BTE PrimusRS.
Bioness Devices (pictured above) help patients with foot drop, thigh weakness and hand paralysis resulting from neurological impairments regain mobility and independence through the use of a cuff worn on the forearm, leg or thigh. Using adaptive wireless technology, the device emits a gentle electric stimulation to activate the nerves and muscles, reminding them to move without the need for a brace. The device was designed to improve the lives of stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury patients. It allows more natural movement, increased speed and improved balance.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 200,000 people in the United States living with a spinal cord injury, many of whom have complete or partial paraplegia.
Recently approved by the FDA, ReWalk is a new motorized device designed for those with lower body paralysis (paraplegia) from a spinal cord injury. Acting as an exoskeleton, ReWalk is a motorized device worn over the legs and part of the upper body that helps an individual sit, stand and walk with assistance from a trained companion.
ReWalk consists of a fitted, metal brace that supports the legs and part of the upper body; motors that supply movement at the hips, knees and ankles; a tilt sensor; and a backpack that contains a computer and power supply. Additional stability is supplied by crutches. Using a wireless remote control worn on the wrist, the user commands ReWalk to stand up, sit down or walk. There is a training program for patients and their caregivers so they can learn how to use the device.
There are restrictions on who can use this new technology. For example, patients using ReWalk need to be able to stand using an assistive standing device and able to support crutches or a walker. Those with serious medical conditions other than spinal cord injury may not be able to use the device and should consult with their physician.