The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers body weight supported treadmill training. This training can be used for people with a variety of diagnoses such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, and other neurologic diseases and disorders.
Here at Upstate, we use the Lokomat® system from Hocoma . The Lokomat® has a robotic-driven gait orthosis that guides your legs on a treadmill, while supporting your weight to promote a more normal walking pattern. Your therapist can choose to use either the Lokomat® robotic system or more traditional manual system, based on your individual needs. Pediatric patients use the manual system at this time due to size restrictions.
It is important to wear appropriate clothing for the Lokomat®, starting on your initial appointment. Please wear clothes that are comfortable and allow you to move freely such as sweat pants or jogging pants. Please wear tall socks and sneakers. Denim pants and shorts are not suitable. Avoid zippers and buttons on your pant legs or shirts.
If you think body weight supported treadmill training may be right for you:
Typically you will start with a 6 week trial of body weight support treadmill training to assess effects.
Body weight supported treadmill training is available in the Rehabilitation Unit at University Hospital.A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program