is a set of exercises that are specifically implemented by your physical therapist to help you walk better.
It aims to improve mobility, strength and balance, limiting the wrong pattern of your walking. You might need an immediate temporary assistive device to help you walk immediately, then we will work on regaining and maintaining normal range of motion.
Gait training can help:
- strengthen your muscles and joints
- improve your balance and posture
- build your endurance
- develop your muscle memory
- retrain your legs for repetitive motion
- lower your risk of falls, while increasing your mobility
If you have weakness in your hips, knees, or ankles, you will need to strengthen your lower extremity through some exercises such as functional exercises as squats, sidewalks .. etc.
Who can benefit from gait training?
Your doctor may recommend gait training if you’ve lost your ability to walk due to an injury, illness, or other health condition. For example, the following conditions can lead to difficulties with walking:
- spinal cord injuries
- broken legs or pelvis
- joint injuries or replacements
- lower limb amputations
- strokes or neurological disorders
- muscular dystrophy or other musculoskeletal disorders
Children who require gait therapy often have brain injuries, neurological disorders, or musculoskeletal issues. Their doctors may recommend gait therapy before or after they start walking.
What does gait training involve?
Your doctor will likely encourage you to start gait training as soon as possible after an injury or illness that affects your ability to walk. They may recommend other forms of physical therapy and treatments too. You must be healthy enough for physical activity and movement before you begin. Your joints must also be strong enough to support gait training.
Once you’re healthy enough to start gait training, the process is similar to other physical therapies. It often involves machines that help you walk safely. Your therapist may also assist you in gait training exercises. They can help support your bodyweight, provide stability, and offer other assistance.
Gait training commonly involves walking on a treadmill and completing muscle strengthening activities. You may wear a harness while walking on the treadmill or doing other exercises. Your therapist may also ask you to practice stepping over objects, lifting your legs, sitting down, standing up, or other activities.
The type, intensity, and duration of your training will depend on your specific diagnosis and physical abilities.
Can be hard work, If you’ve been immobile for a while, the process of walking or relearning to walk may be physically and mentally challenging. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about any challenges you’re having. Ask them about your specific condition, gait training plan, and long-term outlook.
You will need some devices and tools to assist you through your treatment program, then you will gradually be able to return back to your normal life. We also digitally monitor your gain pattern to track the process throughout the treatment plan.
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