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Case Studies  |  Patient Progress

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Posture Correction

Initial Posture

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Immediate results

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One Week Later

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Treatment and Results

Patient is an 82 year old male with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease who was referred to physical therapy for treatment of hyperkyphosis and balance. At his initial evaluation patient’s thoracic spine kyphosis index was 20 and his Dynamic Gait index was 15/24. At the end of his first session using the GyroCoach to restore thoracic extension this patient’s thoracic spine kyphosis index improved to 14. During subsequent sessions patient used the GyroCoach as a visual cue when performing balance activities on firm and compliant surfaces. After 4 weeks of treatment patient’s Dynamic Gait Index improved to 19/24. At 3 months his thoracic spine kyphosis index was 14 and his Dynamic Gait Index was 20/24. He was reassessed at 9 months and his thoracic spine kyphosis index was 15 and his Dynamic Gait Index continued to be 20/24.

Patient was no longer a fall risk after 4 weeks of treatment using the GyroCoach as an external focus during his physical therapy treatment restoring posture and balance.

Kyphosis Index

Dynamic Gait Index

 

 

Hip Extension

 
 

Hip Extension

Treatment and Results

The patient is a 76 female with diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease, lumbar spine degenerative disc disease, and thoracolumbar scoliosis. The patient was referred to physical therapy for treatment of her posture, low back pain, gait. At her initial evaluation patient’s hip extension was 0 degrees bilaterally. She was limited to standing for 5 minutes, walking 100 yards over even terrain and was unable to play badminton secondary to pain. Following 5 weeks of motor control coaching using the GyroCoach as an external focus while supported by a LifeGlider walker performing a series of hip extension exercises the patient’s hip extension improved to 15 degrees bilaterally. She is able to stand for 30 minutes, walk 1/2 mile over even and uneven terrain, and is able to play badminton for 3 hours without pain.

 
 
 
 

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