Penn Therapy & Fitness Rittenhouse now offers EksoGT gait training.
Designed to help patients stand and walk during physical rehabilitation, EksoGT is a wearable bionic suit that promotes correct movement patterns in all phases of recovery while challenging patients to progress towards improved functional balance, increased walking distance and better gait speed.
Our EksoGT gait training therapy program allows patients with lower extremely paralysis to stand and walk as part of their recovery strategy. The EksoGT combination of motors and sensors, along with a patient’s efforts to maintain proper balance and body positioning, allow the user to walk. The device is adjustable to fit people weighing 220 pounds or less, and between 5’2”and 6’2”.
The smooth, natural gait produced by users walking in an EksoGT really makes this technology stand apart from other devices--the battery-powered, on-board computer commands motors at the hip and knee joints to move the legs. EksoGT provides unprecedented knee mobility, and offers a variety of benefits – the simple act of getting patients up and moving can help alleviate stress and other problems associated with long-term immobility.
Candidates who may benefit from EksoGT include those who have suffered:
- Guillain Barre (GBS)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Neuromuscular diseases/injuries that caused lower extremity paralysis
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
Neurorehabilation physical and occupational therapists at Penn Therapy & Fitness are extensively trained in the use of the EksoGT. Specialists will take comprehensive measurements of the lower extremities, including range of motion as part of each patient’s individual therapy plan.
Candidates for the EksoGT must:
- Be medically cleared by a physician
- Be 5’2”-6’2” in height
- Be less than 220 pounds
- Have hip width no greater than 16.5 inches (measured in supine)
- Have upper extremity strength to manage an assistive device
- Have near normal range of motion in lower extremities
Potential EksoGT benefits include:
- Better posture and body alignment
- Bowel and bladder management
- Cardiovascular strength and endurance
- Improved walking efficiency • Increased range of motion
- Prolonged tolerance to standing and weight bearing
- Skin health management
- Spasticity management
- Stronger bones