Penn Therapy & Fitness Rittenhouse now offers EksoGT gait training.
The EksoGT is a wearable battery operated bionic exoskeleton that is used to help individuals with paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. Therapists use the EksoGT program to develop a unique plan of care to meet a person's specific rehabilitation needs.
Candidates who may benefit from EksoGT include:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Neuromuscular diseases/injuries causing lower extremity paralysis or weakness
- 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 approximately 5’0”-6’4” in height
- Be less than 220 pounds
- Have hip width no greater than 18 inches (measured in supine)
- Have upper extremity strength to manage an assistive device
Potential EksoGT benefits include:
- Improved walking ability/efficiency
- Prolonged tolerance to standing and weight bearing
- Cardiovascular strength and endurance
- Better posture and body alignment
- Increased range of motion
- Improved bone density
- Spasticity management
- Skin health management
- Bowel and bladder management