By: Brie Darcy, PT, DPT
You may have read our recent article on the recovery plateau in stroke rehabilitation and tips for breaking through a recovery plateau. Plateaus can look like a slowing or stalling of your stroke recovery. Often occurring several months post-stroke, they can signal it’s time for a modification or a new challenge to be added to your rehabilitation program.
In our clinical trials, the iStride™ Gait Solution has helped many individuals break through these plateaus years (and even decades) post-stroke! Take a look below at the inspiring stories of James and Catherine, who have gained new hope after using the iStride™ device.
After suffering a stroke in 2016, James experienced significant weakness on one side of his body, leaving him reliant on a cane with a very slow and unstable walking pattern. This limited mobility affected his confidence as well as his ability to engage in previously rewarding hobbies and relationships. Eager to improve his physical condition, James agreed to participate in a clinical trial with the iStrideTM device. Initial testing, using three validated balance measures aimed at identifying his risk for falls, showed that James was a “high fall risk.” In addition, his slow walking speed limited him as a “home ambulator,” meaning his walking speed was likely too slow for successful participation in community activities.
After only 3 treatment sessions, James was able to use the iStrideTM device unassisted and even noticed his walking speed was becoming faster when he took the device off. After 12 treatment sessions, balance and walking tests were repeated to assess for improvement after using the iStrideTM device. Excitingly, the results revealed James had improved his gait speed by 220%, walking over 3 times as fast as before using the device! Additionally, his scores on our 3 balance tests moved him from high risk for falls to low risk! From James’ perspective, he described improved confidence with his walking and balance as well as improved ease of standing up and turning. He was even able to stop using his cane at home and begin participating in hobbies with his friends again. After completing the iStrideTM device treatment, James reflected that his greatest benefit was feeling increased freedom now that he can finally keep up with friends and family again. ☺ Way to go James!!
After suffering a stroke in her early 20’s, Catherine’s life immediately changed. Previously athletic and employed full-time, she became reliant on her spouse for basic needs. Through intensive rehabilitation and determination, Catherine regained the ability to walk, but she continued to have a leg that “dragged” while walking, which limited her confidence about participating in community activities. After several decades of unchanged physical status, Catherine had accepted her condition as permanent, but she always hoped for continued improvement.
Catherine agreed to participate in our clinical trial and was treated with the iStrideTM device for 12 sessions in her home. Initial testing showed that Catherine walked with a gait speed category of only “limited community activities.” She also scored as a high fall risk on 2 of our fall prediction tests. After a one-month treatment period, Catherine was able to improve the speed of her walking by over 63% and significantly reduce her fall risk! Her score improved 40% on a self-assessment used to quantify the impact of a stroke on one’s quality of life. After believing there was no room for progress in her stroke recovery for over 20 years, these results are tremendous!
At Moterum Technologies, through the use of innovative and clinically proven technology, our goal is to provide stroke survivors and their loved ones with hope for a full life after a stroke. See if our technology is a good fit for you! For more information on the patented iStride™ Gait Solution, visit us at www.moterum.com.