If you like to be active, a leg injury can really slow you down. Maybe you’re a runner or a walker. Maybe you have a job that keeps you on your feet and moving. A leg injury and long rehab trying to keep weight off the injury can be a major setback.
But there’s good news! A technology developed by NASA and now incorporated into sports medicine treatments is now available for you if you have a leg injury.
A device called the AlterG antigravity treadmill is designed to allow you to walk or run on a treadmill while an inflatable bubble you stand in supports your weight. The amount of weight that your legs carry is adjustable based on the user’s injury and needs. For a more severe injury, the treadmill carries more weight.
One antigravity treadmill user is Jimmy Oligny, a professional hockey player with the Milwaukee Admirals. After a badly sprained ankle left him unable to do his job on skates, the team’s physical therapist suggested the special treadmill.
Using the antigravity treadmill allowed him to recover, get back on the ice, and back to work sooner.
An antigravity treadmill can help patients rehabbing from ankle fractures or sprains, ACL repairs, knee and hip replacements and lower-back injuries rehab faster and with less pain.
Additionally, for older patients and those working to recover from neurological disorders, the treadmill can help with gait training, balance, strengthening and conditioning.
For users such as runners who are interested in performance, antigravity treadmill can be used as a tool to work on cadence, gait analysis, balance, turnover speed along with hip and foot placement. Runners can also improve stride, become more efficient and improve endurance and performance.