This post is part of The Ultimate Guide to Total Knee Replacement
OrthoIndy Physical Therapy offers patients the ability to rehab faster and train like a pro with the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®, which uses NASA based anti-gravity technology. This treadmill helps individuals exercise without pain, even while recovering from an injury or surgery, including total joint surgery. OrthoIndy was the first facility in Indiana to purchase the technologically advanced treadmill.
With the AlterG, patients can run and walk without bearing their entire weight, reducing the impact on the body to optimize rehab and training. Its differential air pressure (DAP) technology applies a precise and comfortable lifting force to the body that reduces weight on the lower extremities and allows precise reduction of body weight – up to 80 percent of a person’s weight, so people can find exactly where the pain stops and natural movement feels good again.
There are many benefits of training and rehabbing on the AlterG. Athletes use the AlterG to reduce the frequency of injury, build fitness and strengthen and improve their muscle coordination. Patients use the AlterG to recover from injury and surgery and it allows many of them to immediately do partial weight bearing exercises. Patients with neurological disorders maintain, and in some cases even regain, functionality and mobility working with the AlterG. It is also used as a motivational tool for obese patients as users can immediately experience what it would feel like to weigh less, exercise with less joint impact and stress and improve their cardiovascular health.
“In addition to the early weight-bearing for our post-operative patients, it will allow many of our patients an earlier and pain-free return to running and walking,” said Jeff Sorg, director of OrthoIndy Physical Therapy. “Many of our patients deal with needing assistive devices for walking, and also limping. The treadmill will allow them to improve their technique to reduce the compensations that develop leading to limping, and to do so without pain.”
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills are designed to be used for lower body injury and surgery rehabilitation, aerobic conditioning, weight control and reduction, sport specific conditioning programs, neurologic retraining and geriatric strength and conditioning.
If you are not a OrthoIndy physical therapy patient you can still try the treadmill.
Individual sessions, 30 minutes: $35.50
Punch Card, 10 visits, 30 minute sessions: $284.09
The treadmill is available at the Northwest and South physical therapy locations. No referral is needed to schedule an appointment with OrthoIndy physical therapy or to run on the AlterG treadmill. To schedule a physical therapy appointment please call, 317.956.1280 or request a physical therapy appointment online.