As published in Rehab Management

June 29, 2014

dd blue shirtUpdated Gait Harness System Emphasizes Independence and Safety 

“Second Step Inc markets a recently updated gait training system and harness, engineered to provide a safe, effective environment for standing and walking. ”

See more at:  http://www.rehabpub.com/2013/09/updated-gait-harness-system-emphasizes-independence-and-safety/

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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Will exercise help after a total hip replacement?

June 22, 2014

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Exercise can reduce joint pain and stiffness. It can increase muscle strength and joint range of motion (how much you can move the joint).   Most physical therapists begin with exercises that:

  • Increase range of motion
  • Make muscles strong

Your doctor or physical therapist will decide when you can do harder exercises. Exercise goals after hip replacement surgery are to:

  • Increase muscle strength
  • Increase your blood circulation and overall fitness
  • Avoid injuring the new joint

The types of exercise that may help you meet these goals are:

  • Walking
  • Bicycling (on a bike machine)
  • Swimming, cross-country skiing

Learn  more

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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How possible is it to walk again after LE amputation?

June 15, 2014

JTphoto3It is possible to walk after an amputation.  How easy it will be to walk depends on a number of factors.

It is generally easier to walk with an artificial leg (prosthesis) after a below knee amputation.  If you were able to walk normally before your amputation and do not have other illnesses such as angina or breathing difficulties this will also make it more likely you will walk after your amputation.

It is important that the artificial leg is used effectively, and that rehabilitation not be delayed for longer than two months after the amputation.

It can take between 6 and 12 months for full rehabilitation potential to be reached. Most patients undergoing minor amputation will be able to walk virtually normally after surgery. Read more

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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On the Road to Recovery

June 8, 2014

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With the help of his therapy team, Ron makes his way down Whittier’s corridors with the Second Step Gait Harness System

At age 42, Ron collapsed in his doctor’s office parking lot, awakening to find he was paralyzed from the waist down

After many complex surgeries, it was discovered that an abscess in Ron’s lower back was compressing his spinal cord in his back, and tissue was compressing his spinal cord in his neck.

Ron’s physical therapist says “Ron’s a very serious and intense person. he’s a perfectionist. No matter how big a step Ron makes, he always wants to take one more. He’s not a quitter.”

Within a month, Ron was walking 150 feet with the Gait Harness System. As he passed other Whittier staff and patients, they exchanged words of encouragement. A trip that a few weeks previously lasted 45 minutes, became an excursion taking only 15 minutes. As published by Whittier Rehab Hospital

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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Robert: Walking on his own Again

June 1, 2014

 

robert horse editRobert suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) after being assaulted more than 13 years ago. He began using the Second Step Gait Harness System II (GHSII) every day at his residential adult foster home.

Today, Robert is living more independently, walking without assistance, and enjoying a higher quality of life. Could the GHSII be right for me?

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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