Gait training is learning how to walk again after injury or with a disability. Gait training can take a number of forms, but repetition of the actual motions performed during walking is the most important factor.
At Leader Therapy, we have specific gait training tools, like parallel bars. Parallel bars are used to help with gait training, especially in the early stages when a patient is first learning or re-learning to walk. They involve a person walking between two handrails to support themselves, often with the therapist helping to support the patient. We also have treadmills and other devices to use in gait training until you are ready to move independently, which is the ultimate goal of gait training.
Gait training can be useful for people who have or have had the following conditions:
- After surgery
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sports injury
Your physical therapist will assess your walking through a series of tests in order to decide on the best method of treatment for you.