Stroke survivors desiring continued recovery often strive for greater independence and a return to activities they enjoy. For Anthony, an avid fisherman, being able to fully return to this favorite hobby was an ongoing goal…
After experiencing a stroke in his early 50’s, Anthony continued to be frustrated with persistent leg weakness which caused difficulty walking. He required a cane to walk both inside and outside of his home and struggled walking longer distances. Difficulty walking translated to many challenges in his life, including limiting his ability to engage in activities that provided joy, including fishing.
Anthony began treatment with the iStride™ when he was approximately 2 years post-stroke. He was treated with the iStride™ device in his home for a total of 12 treatment sessions. During his treatment, Anthony reported noticing that walking on the gait device encouraged more effort from his weaker leg. Throughout his 12 treatment sessions, Anthony’s endurance improved and he was able to walk on the iStride™ for more extended periods with less fatigue to his weaker leg. This unique challenge resulted in an improved walking pattern as he completed his treatment sessions. Particularly, Anthony noticed that his weaker leg became more engaged while walking, allowing him to bear weight and turn more evenly. With these changes, he also noticed an improvement in his walking speed.
Substantial improvements were also recognized by Anthony’s physical therapist who monitored his walking ability and balance before and after his treatment with the iStride™ device. After 4 weeks of treatment, Anthony reduced his risk for falls from high to low on three fall prediction tools.
His walking speed improved by over 200%!
Along with improving his walking ability, Anthony was able to significantly reduce his cane usage and even get back to doing some of the activities he loves. Way to go, Anthony!
Learn more about Anthony’s inspiring journey, and the Moterum iStride Device™.