A novel device for walking training in elderly patients

E. Paul Cherniack, Darlene Caprio, Andrew A. Fischer, John Tuckman

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Abstract

The construction and use are described of a device we believe to be easily assembled, inexpensive and simple to operate, that ultimately might be used to speed mobilisatian and to enable unsuccessfully rehabilitated patients to walk. The device consists of parallel bars, a straddle seat between the bars and a Hoyer lift placed behind the seat with the overhead arm extended forward. Fourteen elderly people (average age 75 years) unable to walk without help participated. The patients exercised on a treadmill or cycle ergometer wearing a parachute harness attached overhead to the device. They trained in 30-minute sessions three times a week. No harm to patients, including falls or other injuries, was noted during use, and ten participants improved in at least one of three parameters tested. Based on these results, a comprehensive investigation in older patients is planned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-148
Number of pages5
JournalPhysiotherapy
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Geriatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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