Optogait Diagnosis & Treatment
What is OptoGait
OptoGait is a system for optical detection made by a transmitting and a receiving bar. Each one contains 96 LEDs communicating on an infrared (visible) frequency with the same number of LEDs on the opposite bar. Once positioned on the floor or on the treadmill, the system detects the interruptions of the communication between the bars – caused by the patient’s movement – and calculates the duration and position. During the execution of a running, gait or series of jumps test, the contact and flight times can be measured with an accuracy of 1 thousandth of a second and the position of the interrupted LEDs with a space resolution of 1,041 cm. Starting from this basic data, the dedicated software measures in real-time a series of crucial data for the movement analysis. The absence of mechanical moving parts ensures a long life, accuracy and repetition possibilities.
Quantity and Quality Assessment
OptoGait acquires numerical parameters in real-time for gait, running and jump tests that can be viewed immediately. The easy to read report contains all data, and asymmetries between the two legs are highlighted instantly. OptoGait does not only detect the numerical data, but, via small cameras, which can be freely positioned, it allows the user to acquire images of carried out tests, synchronizing them perfectly with detected events. Without the need for any further synchronization between hardware and cameras, the numerous benefits of cross verification of data and images can be fully used. A more detailed video analysis can be had by further utilizing the dedicated utility (angle, distance calculus, graphic tools, etc.).
With the diagnosis from the Optogait system. Doctors will be able to pin point the problem and prescribe a course of treatment. Here are treatments that are currently available.
Gait training is a type of physical therapy. Which can help improve the patient’s ability to stand and walk. Your doctor may recommend gait training if you’ve had an illness or injury that affects your ability to walk. The goal of Gait training is to give you back the independence in walking, even if you need an adaptive device.
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
It may also lower your risk of other illnesses, such as heart disease and osteoporosis, by increasing your physical activity and mobility. Choosing gait training over immobility may help protect and improve your overall health.
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, which is physical therapy. 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.
Gait training 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.
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