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Restoring Mobility to a Paraplegic Using the NewGait

A Case Report

The purpose of this case report was to describe how the NewGait was used during spinal cord rehab to help an incomplete paraplegic become a functional ambulator

Development

The purpose of this case report was to describe how the NewGait was used during spinal cord rehab to help an incomplete paraplegic become a functional ambulator

Progress

Within three treatment sessions, patient was able to start walking on the treadmill both forward and backward without upper extremity support while wearing the NewGait.

Success

One month after the NewGait was initiated, the patient started running while wearing it. This was a huge milestone as she was told she would never run again. Three weeks later, she ran a 12-minute mile.

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Clinical Study on NewGait Effectiveness in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

A Case Report

The purpose of this case report was to describe how the NewGait was used during spinal cord rehab to help an incomplete paraplegic become a functional ambulator

Faster Walking Speed
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Participants increased their walking speed enough to characterize them as independent in activities of daily living.”

Improved Step Length
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All 12 participants became more symmetrical in their gait, as specified by step length.”

Less Percieved Effort
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Participants were able to walk faster with less effort.”

Listen to NMU Professor, Sarah Breen, give her thoughts

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“The NewGait may have provided enhanced, simultaneous feedback to mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors of the core and limb, initiating change in neuro motor sequencing and development of new motor plans.”

"The NewGait upper body harness appeared to assist with erect posture and support, while discouraging previous upper body motor control patterns. This may have encouraged the lower body motor plans to dominate walking, running and jumping."

“The patient had profound, lasting results in ankle and hip motion control, and the patient’s running style was dramatically changed. She was able to functionally activate the gastrocnemius for jumping and heel/toe gait pattern during push off."

Rodney Rodgers Walking Data

User Recorded Data

After being hit by a hit-and run-driver, Rodney had to learn how to walk again. He was introduced to the NewGait after a lengthy recovery. Rodney recorded the time it took him to walk 2.25 miles every morning for two months while wearing the NewGait. See the incredible improvements and his story below.

Walking Speed Improved 10 Minutes per Mile using NewGait - Rodney Rodgers

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Trial of NewGait System to Alter Running Mechanics in a High School Athlete

A Case Report

The purpose of this case study is to introduce the cost-effective NewGait system and describe how it was successfully used to provide long term improvement in functional ankle joint mechanics, running and jumping mechanics for a female competitive athlete<

The Patient

The patient in this study was an eighteen-year-old female with a history of physical therapy intervention for treatment of low back pain, hip pain, and bilateral ankle and foot pain, since the age of ten. The patient had been involved in gymnastics, diving, and pole vaulting, with performance and injuries strongly influenced by ankle range of motion and strength.

The Approach

Therapists initiated use of the NewGait for eight visits. Sessions included review of past data, continual re-evaluations from the patient, consistent feedback from the patient, as well as two-dimensional videos. This may have resulted in a shift in learning from the cognitive level to the neuro-motor response level.

The Outcome

At the end of treatment, the patient reported no back, hip, or ankle pain, and minimal intermittent foot pain. Appropriate trunk rotation pattern and reciprocal arm swing were present during gait, and running. A dramatically improved ankle range of motion resulted in a new ability to use functional push off from balls of feet. Pole vault technique required complete modification secondary to increased running speed, improved forward propulsion, and jumping ability. Changes seen throughout sessions were maintained between treatments, as well as six months following treatment.

“The NewGait may have provided enhanced, simultaneous feedback to mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors of the core and limb, initiating change in neuro motor sequencing and development of new motor plans.”

"The NewGait upper body harness appeared to assist with erect posture and support, while discouraging previous upper body motor control patterns. This may have encouraged the lower body motor plans to dominate walking, running and jumping."

“The patient had profound, lasting results in ankle and hip motion control, and the patient’s running style was dramatically changed. She was able to functionally activate the gastrocnemius for jumping and heel/toe gait pattern during push off."

Download the Full Case Report Here