Phuong Vu was an early believer in the NewGait. She has been using the NewGait at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for more than two years, ever since a patient introduced it to her. We had a great conversation with Phuong about her experience using the NewGait.
NewGait CEO, Benga Adeeko, had the opportunity to ask Cathy Ruprecht, PT, NewGait Clinician, and pain specialist, a number of questions regarding the treatment of chronic pain, and how The NewGait has changed the way she practices. Also features Kim Spranger, PT and NewGait Clinician
PHUONG: I actually heard about the NewGait through a client of mine. He had an incomplete spinal cord injury and was researching different modalities and treatment techniques for spinal cord injury. He came across the NewGait and asked me to look into it.
PHUONG: I think we have been using it for about two years or so now. We use it with both our inpatient and outpatient clients and really anybody with a neurological disorder, but primarily spinal cord injury and stroke patients. We have had a lot of positive results from the NewGait, usually improved strength. We’ve had a couple clients get some motor return.
PHUONG: A couple of our patients have purchased the NewGait and use it as a home exercise program, which I think has definitely helped speed up recovery. Two particular patients that have purchased it are ambulating better, their steps are smoother, they’re actually able to clear their toes when they are walking, and it just makes everything more safe at home.
PHUONG: I know it looks intimidating with all of the pieces that come with it, but that’s the best part, you can customize it to your patient. It really doesn’t take long to set up, if that is a concern. Once you start using it, it is a fairly easy process and it only takes a few minutes.
PHUONG: With the cost, it is inexpensive compared to some of the other products out on the market. This one allows patients to purchase it for home use to get the carry over. I think that’s been one of the positives that I’ve seen from NewGait, that the cost is pretty inexpensive.