Sunday, April 03, 2005

Floating over a treadmill

I wanted to say something about a new study released today on rehab after surgery because the treatment intrigues me. A unique pressure chamber allows patients who have lower-extremity orthopaedic surgery to begin upright, normal walking really soon after their surgery. The chamber has a positive air pressure that creates buoyancy like walking without gravity. Patients can start rehab sooner than with the usual stuff like swimming pools, parallel bars or walking aids because they start out with only putting about 5 percent to 10 percent of their actual weight down when they walk. Each week more "pounds" can be added as they improve. Dr. Alan Hargens and Dr. Adnan Cutuk believe this is the first chamber to use a treadmill - allowing a patient to use a normal gait and not push against water, start with no weight-bearing and then increase it, and rehab can start right away.

That's it for today.

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