Upstate NY Company Reinvents Rehab for Amputees, Stroke Victims and More

Jan 28

Upstate NY Company Reinvents Rehab for Amputees, Stroke Victims and More

Nazareth College, Monroe Community Hospital, URMC and OSU Contribute to Innovative Technology

VICTOR, NY, January 25 — Gorbel Medical’s groundbreaking physical therapy device, SafeGait, reflects a two year endeavor of community immersed product development and user experience testing. The result of this community effort is a dynamic bodyweight support system that protects patients and therapists from injury while tracking progress through tablets and Android powered smartphones.

Rehabilitation therapists and healthcare professionals from Nazareth College, Monroe Community Hospital, the University of Rochester and the Ohio State University have overwhelmingly supported this innovative technology: “Never has there been more excitement in the field of neurorehabilitation,” explains Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Rochester Neurorestorative Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Particularly gratifying is the development of SafeGait locally by Gorbel Inc. in Victor, New York.”

Patients—recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative disease and amputations—are protected from falling while performing activities such as walking, rising from a chair, and climbing stairs. The patient’s progress is measured in real time, offering physical therapists the unique ability to capture performance data by both task and session.

“This system increases your options as a therapist,” explains J.J. Mowder­Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, Nazareth College Physical Therapy, who is currently hosting the first install of SafeGait in Nazareth’s Wellness Clinic in Pittsford, NY. “SafeGait takes away the patient’s fear, allowing for a greater variety of functional activities, [resulting in] better motor learning.”

On February 4th­7th, over 10,000 physical therapy professionals from around the nation will witness the unveiling of the SafeGait 360° Balance & Mobility Trainer at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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SafeGait is designed, developed and manufactured by Gorbel Medical (a division of Gorbel Inc.). Designed in collaboration with experts in PT and OT, SafeGait is Gorbel Medical’s patented technology that injects innovation into traditional gait and balance therapy. SafeGait’s Integrated Rail System and G-Force® technologies are based on almost 40 years of Gorbel’s patented technologies and innovations in designing, building and installing cranes, custom rails and safety solutions. Gorbel is a global leader in the industrial space and serves a wide range of industries.

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