Gait Trainer™ 3

Gait Trainer™ 3
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Gait Trainer™ 3
Gait Trainer™ 3
Gait Trainer™ 3
 
More than just a treadmill…It is the most important improvement to gait training since the parallel bars.
 
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Overview

The Gait Trainer 3 provides audio and visual biofeedback of step length and step speed

The Biodex Gait Trainer™ 3 is more than a treadmill. It is designed with an instrumented deck that issues both audio and visual real-time biofeedback to prompt patients into their correct gait pattern. Step length, step speed and right-to-left time distribution (step symmetry) are directly addressed; patient footfall is compared to desired footfall step after step, both on the display in real time and documented in an easy to read histogram. The open-platform design enables the therapist to assist limb advancement when necessary and accommodates the Biodex Unweighing System for Body Weight Support Treadmill Training (BWSTT).

Unlike some of the flashy technology available on the market, the Biodex Gait Trainer is quiet, non-intimidating and let’s the therapist get in there and treat their patients. The Biodex BWSTT environment does more than suspend the patient – real goals are monitored and progress reported. Objective documentation, with comparison to age- and gender-based normative data, helps prove need and document outcomes to family, referring physicians and insurance providers.

The Biodex Gait Trainer 3, with or without BWSTT, is suitable for all rehabilitation pathologies. Biodex has recently published Body Weight Support Treadmill Training (BWSTT) with Transition to Over Ground Ambultion: A Clinical Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Neurological Conditions using Biodex Unweighing System and Gait Trainer. The document classifies the neurologically involved patient, then steps the user through the various phases of recovery for profound, moderate and minimal neurological impairments.

 

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Treadmill Plus... The Gait Trainer 3 also serves as a traditional treadmill, with all the features and benefits of the Biodex RTM600 Rehabilitation Treadmill.


Gait Training SystemGAIT TRAINER 3 + UNWEIGHING
The Biodex Gait Training System

The Gait Trainer provides audio and visual biofeedback of step length and step speed. The Unweighing Support System provides assistance, helping patients regain their confidence, their strength and their stride. The Unweighing System, combined with the Gait Trainer 3 allows every patient the opportunity to get an early start on rehabilitation.

Clinical Guidelines

Features

  • Instrumented Deck – The Gait Trainer 3™ is the only treadmill with an instrumented deck that monitors and records step length, step speed and right-to-left time distribution (step symmetry).
  • Open Platform – enables patient access for therapist manipulations and accommodates BWSTT with the Biodex Unweighing System.
  • Objective Documentation – Exercise Summary and Progress Reports track progress and document outcomes - ideal for insurance reimbursement. Show need, progress and outcome for specific gait parameters, including:
    – Average walking speed over time
    – Total exercise time
    – Total distance and steps taken
    – Average step length: RT vs. LT
    – Step length variablity: RT vs. LT
    – Time on each foot: RT vs. LT
    NEW Automated G-code Calculations and Impairment Level Reports – Increases efficiency and productivity, improves documentation of rehab effectiveness fostering continuity of care, helps with audits, efficiencies and reduces claims denial.
  • Normative Data – Age and gender-based for comparison to healthy populations for assessment of patient results.
  • Audio and Visual Biofeedback – Motivates patients with real-time biofeedback, prompting proper gait patterns. Biofeedback helps patients stay "on target" in each phase of rehabilitation; steps lengthen, step speed increases and symmetry improves.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring – Polar® contact handgrips (telemetry compatible) ensures proper training intensity.
  • Large Display – Features 12.1" color touch-screen display, powered by a Windows CE operating system.
  • Multiprurpose Connectivity – Allows connection to larger monitors and LCD projectors to enhance interaction for visually impaired patients.
  • USB Compatibility – Accommodates external keyboard, a mouse, printing devices for remote operation and USB memory devices for data transfer and software upgrades.
  • NEW Patient Data Collection Software Utility (complimentary download) – Facilitates download and transfer of patient data allowing for unlimited storage capacity, reporting or exporting as a .csv file and import into Excel to run statistical analysis for normative data generation.
Prove Need. Progress. Outcome – All test results and training sessions can be stored and printed. Comparison to normative data helps communicate need,
progress and outcome.

Applications

Goal: Develop symmetrical gait by improving step length, step speed and right to left time distribution.


  • Audio and visual biofeedback prompts patients into a proper gait pattern
  • Develops balance and coordination
  • Develops strength and range of motion
  • Increases cardiovascular capacity and endurance
  • Provides a safe environment for patients and therapists
  • Documents important gait parameters

 

Older Adult Patients

Method:Biodex Gait Trainer 2
Have the patient walk at a comfortable step speed concentrating on symmetry of step length and step time. Once the patient has developed symmetry and cardiovascular gains, begin to work towards normative gait parameters. As an option, support the patient in the Biodex Unweighing System to provide a no-fall environment.

Results and Benefits:

  • Improved patient confidence with associated improvements of strength, balance and endurance. 
  • Excellent for older adults to perform physical conditioning exercises associated with rehabilitation or fall prevention program.
  • Reduction in disuse atrophy effective
  • Efficient and safe use of clinician time.


When combined with the Unweighing System:

Allows concentration on treatment, not physically supporting the patient.

Reference:
American Geriatrics Society, British Geriatrics Society and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Panel on Falls Prevention, Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons, April 5, 2001.
Cress ME, Buchner DM, Questad KA, Essel PC, daLateur BJ, Schwartz RS. Continuous-scale physical functional performance in healthy older adults: a validation study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1996; 77:1234-50
Simpson JM, Harrington R, Marsh N., Guidelines for Managing Falls Among Elderly People. Physiotherapy, 84:4;173-177 April 1998.
Wolfson L. Whipple R, Amerman P, Tobin JN. Gait Assessment in the Elderly: A Gait Abnormality Rating Scale and its Relation to Falls. J of Gerontology 1990; 45:M12-19 

Biodex Gait Trainer with Unweighing System
Orthopedic Patients

Method:
Utilize audio and visual cues to develop step length symmetry and right to left time distribution. Initially support patient's body weight using the Biodex Unweighing System. Set belt in reverse direction (retro-walking) to assist with gains in range of motion. Forward direction of belt to work on symmetry of step length and step time.

Results and Benefits:

  • Initiate rehabilitation earlier following joint sprains, surgical repair or replacement.
  • Gains in range of motion, gait parameters, strength and endurance.
  • Treadmill training effects are readily transferred to improved over ground walking speed and endurance
  • Effective, efficient and safe use of clinician time.

When combined with the Unweighing System:

  • Rehabilitation can commence earlier as the Unweighing System provides a safe environment for both the patient and the clinician
  • Improved proprioception and acceptance for weight bearing activity.
  • Allows concentration on treatment, not physically supporting the patient.

Reference:
American Geriatrics Society, British Geriatrics Society and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Panel on Falls Prevention, Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons, April 5, 2001.
Cress ME, Buchner DM, Questad KA, Essel PC, daLateur BJ, Schwartz RS. Continuous-scale physical functional performance in healthy older adults: a validation study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1996; 77:1234-50


Stroke/Traumatic Brain Injury

Method:
Progressively address step speed and right to left time distribution. Use a slow initial belt speed (.10 cycles/sec - .50 cycles/sec). Clinician may assist with paretic limb placement to initiate step length. Visual cues are used initially to reinforce step length. Once step symmetry is reached, gait speed can be addressed.

Results and Benefits:

  • The Gait Trainer forces the patient to focus on foot placement, which is reinforced through visual cues on the display.
  • Improved right to left time distribution and increased step time during ambulation is achieved in an upright and fully supported position through repetitive and rhythmic movements.
  • Treadmill training effects are readily transferred to improved over ground walking speed and endurance.

When combined with the Unweighing System:

  • Rehabilitation can commence earlier as the Unweighing System provides a safe environment for both the patient and the clinician.
  • Allows concentration on treatment, not physically supporting the patient.

Reference:
Barbeau, et al., Walking After Spinal Cord Injury: Control and Recovery
Gardner et al., Partial Body Weight Support with Treadmill Locomotion
Visintin et al., A New Approach to Retrain Gait in Stroke Patients Through Body Weight Support and Treadmill Stimulation
Suzuki et al., Determinants and predictors of the maximum walking speed during computer assisted gait training in hemiparetic stroke patients.
Suzuki et al., Relationship between stride length and walking rate in gait training for hemiparetic stroke patients.


Spinal Cord Injury

Method:
Initially, concentrate on developing step length symmetry. Once symmetry is achieved, increase speed of the treadmill for progression towards normative gait parameters specific to the age, gender and leg length of the patient.

Results and Benefits:

  • The Gait Trainer forces the patient to focus on foot placement, which is reinforced through visual cues on the display.
  • Sensory input from the rhythmic treadmill belt movement assists with patterning of the central nervous system.

When combined with the Unweighing System:

Rehabilitation can commence earlier as the Unweighing System provides a safe environment for both the patient and the clinician.Improved right to left time distribution and increased step cycles/sec during ambulation is achieved in an upright and fully supported position through repetitive and rhythmic movements.Allows concentration on treatment, not physically supporting the patient.

Reference:
Barbeau et al., Walking After Spinal Cord Injury: Control and Recovery
Gardner et al., Partial Body Weight Support With Treadmill Locomotion....
Visintin et al., A New Approach to Retrain Gait In Stroke Patients Through Body Weight Support and Treadmill Stimulation
Suzuki et al., Determinants and predictors of the maximum walking speed during computer assisted gait training in hemi paretic stroke patients.
Suzuki et al., Relationship between stride length and walking rate in gait training for hemi paretic stroke patients.


Amputation of a Lower Extremity

Method:
Using audio and visual cues, initially concentrate on developing step length symmetry with focus on right to left time distribution. Once symmetry is achieved, increase speed of the treadmill for progression towards normative gait parameters specific of the age, gender and leg length of the patient.

Results and Benefits:

  • The Gait Trainer forces the patient to focus on foot placement symmetry, which is reinforced through visual cues on the display.
  • Efficient gait pattern with step length symmetry and improve right to left time distribution will reduce the metabolic demands associated with prosthetic gait.
  • Goals can be set through comparison of the uninvolved and involved limbs performance measures.

Reference:
Peterson et al., Physiological responses during unweighted ambulation of three patients with below the knee amputation: A pilot study.


Parkinson's Disease

Method:
Utilize audio and visual cues to assist the retraining of the temporal and spatial deficits associated with Parkinsonian Gait. The patient focuses on the visual and audio cues, which help to regulate step length.

Results and Benefits:

  • The Gait Trainer forces the patient to focus on foot placement symmetry, which is reinforced through visual cues on the display.
  • Improvement of step length and step time.
  • Improvement of muscular strength and endurance and overall cardiovascular tolerance for physical activity.
  • Improved step symmetry and increased step time during ambulation is achieved in an upright and fully supported position through repetitive and rhythmic movements.
  • Treadmill training effects are readily transferred to improved overground walking speed and endurance.

When combined with the Unweighing System:

Rehabilitation can commence earlier as the Unweighing System provides a safe environment for
both the patient and the clinicianAllows concentration on treatment, not physically supporting the patient.

Reference:
Morris et al., Stride Length Regulation in Parkinson's Disease 

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 86" l x 27" w (218 x 69 cm)
    Walking Area: 64" l x 20" w (160 x 51 cm)
    Printer Stand: 24" l x 24" w (61 x 61 cm)
  • Deck: 1" thick (2.5 cm) reversible Teflon™ impregnated high density composite fiber
  • Motor: 2 HP with 4Q-Pulse Width Modulation Control
  • Speed Range:
    Forward: 0-10 mph (0-16.9 km/h)
    Reverse: 0-3 mph (0-4.8 km/h) in
    0.1 mph (.16 km/h) increments
    Gait Trainer Mode: Speed limited to 3 mph (4.8 km/h)
  • Elevation: 0-15% Grade
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Polar® contact handgrips (telemetry compatible) 
  • Display: Color Touch-Screen
  • Printer: HP DeskJet
  • Power: 115 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 20 AMP dedicated line, or 230 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 20 AMP dedicated line
    Includes hospital grade plug with 12' (3.7 m) power cord.
  • Patient Capacity: 400 lb (182 kg)
  • Weight: 395 lb (179 kg)
  • Certification: ETL listed to UL 60601-1 and
    CAN/CSA C22.2 No.:601-1-M90.
    CE conformity to EN 60601-1,
    EMC compliance to EN 60601-1-2.
  • Warranty: Two-years parts; one-year labor


Manuals

Models and Ordering

To order, call 1-800-224-6339

950-400 Gait Trainer™ 3, 115 VAC 50/60 Hz
Includes Support Bar 
$11,850.00
950-402 Gait Trainer™ 3, 115 VAC 50/60 Hz
Includes Extended Handrails 
 12,150.00
950-406 Gait Trainer™ 3, 115 VAC 50/60 Hz
Includes Geriatric/Pediatric Handrails 
12,350.00

Export models available.
US Patent 6,645,126 B1

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What They Are Saying
Eugene DesLaurier, MPT
Director of Physical Therapy
Dosher Memorial Hospital

“We find the Biodex Gait Trainer to be terrific for working with very deconditioned individuals including orthopedic, neurologic, older adult, stroke, spinal cord and head injury patients."

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