Case Studies

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AlterG® Physical Therapy Case Studies

See case studies from physical therapists and athletic trainers with experience using the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ to help patients rehabilitate from a variety of injuries, surgeries, and conditions. These case studies have been developed with physical therapists and athletic trainers who have firsthand experience using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill™.

Plantar Fascia Tear

foot | Vinny Comiskey, MA, ATC, CSCS

Patients with foot injuries, like fractures and plantar fascia tears, have difficulty with loading the injured limb because of stress to the healing tissue or instability of the deconditioned limb. Lower body positive pressure allows for the gradual reintroduction of body weight for a safer, less painful rehabilitation process.

  • Allows for accurate, progressive reintroduction of load to healing tissue.
  • Helps patient work on restoring gait mechanics in a safe, controlled environment.
  • Adjust load based on patient response.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

foot | James Creasey BSc (hons) MCSP | Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Dorset, UK

Patients diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) can be left debilitated with severe pain and lost function. By using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill to provide accurate and metered doses of weight bearing therapy, these patients can progressively load painful limbs to decrease sensitivity and restore mobility.

  • Allows for accurate, progressive loading to painful lower extremities.
  • Work on restoring normal gait mechanics in a safe, controlled environment.
  • Easily modify treatments based on patient response.

Lateral Ankle Reconstruction

foot | Matt Kraemer PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Immobilization after injury/surgery results in muscle atrophy, joint stiffness, and hypersensitivity that can make restoring a normal gait/running pattern a challenge. Using the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill’s Differential Air Pressure support, patients can start walking at a fraction of their body weight, allowing them to decrease pain and focus on proper mechanics.

  • Provides lower starting body weight for standing activities/gait training.
  • Allows users to focus on proper gait/running mechanics in a pain-free environment.
  • Gradually reintroduce load to lower extremities after gait/running pattern improves.

4th Metatarsal Stress Fracture

foot | Vinny Comiskey, MA, ATC, CSCS

Athletes can find themselves in immense pain when a fracture occurs. By using the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, injured individuals can unweight themselves and continue movement while minimizing impact on the affected foot.

  • Following release to weight-bearing, incorporate de-weighting into rehabilitation protocol
  • Develop a progressive return to activity
  • Maintain fitness and function during rehabilitation

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