Gait Disorders Clinic
The Gait Disorders Clinic at the School of Health Professions is a specialty physical therapy practice. Our therapists are exceptionally skilled in examining and treating people who have difficulty walking due to neurological disease or injury. You and your therapist will work together to establish a long-term management plan. The primary goal is to assist you in returning to daily activities in your home and community.
Physical Therapy Treatments
Patients undergo a one-hour evaluation that may use computerized gait assessments and electromyography to monitor muscle function during walking. Following the evaluation, evidence-based treatment programs are developed to meet your specific needs. If lower extremity bracing is recommended for optimum gait recovery, our clinicians will work closely with you and the Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic.
Clinic time is focused on the application of the clinician’s expertise with patient-centered interventions, education, and gait training. You also will be given activities to practice at home. A critical component of treatment success is your commitment to applying your training at home and within your community.
The Gait Disorders Clinic houses state-of-the-art equipment to assist with accomplishing early walking goals. Based on your specific needs and treatment plan, these may include the use of:
- Locomotor treadmill training system
- LOKOMAT – Robotic-assisted gait training
- Therapeutic Cold Laser
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
- Computerized gait assessment for patient feedback of performance
Our Physical Therapists
Our clinicians are licensed physical therapists who have earned specialty credentials as Neurological Clinical Specialists from the American Physical Therapy Association. They have developed specific skills, gained after years of experience, and participate in cutting-edge research studies on gait disorders to effectively and compassionately treat patients with diagnoses such as:
- Brain and spinal cord injury
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Congenital neuromuscular disorders
Your First Visit
After you have received a referral from your physician, please call to schedule a physical therapy evaluation. Before your appointment, please complete the patient medical history form and bring it with you. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete remaining paperwork. This ensures you will have the full hour with your therapist. If you have Medicare insurance, please complete the additional Medicare MSPQ form.