Zero-G is Helping Patients Regain Mobility: June 14, 2019
Watching Linda Jaremback stand, walk, even turn around—it’s hard to believe that just one month ago she was unable to get out of her wheelchair. “I was wheelchair bound for at least six years. I never got out of a chair in my house or anywhere.”
Linda was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After having stem cell replacement, she started feeling stronger and became determined to walk. “We’re trying to walk, but walk properly. I can’t tell you the feeling of just walking in that equipment,” said Jaremback.
The equipment is called the Zero-G system—a harness supports the patient, and a physical therapist controls how much weight they’re allowed to feel. “When they do start to have that loss of balance, they can still elicit a balanced response and not have this catch them right away but let them know how to catch their balance without having the machine do it for them,” explained Kris Erickson, a physical therapist with Lee Health.
The equipment can help patients who have balance problems learn how to walk, climb stairs, turn around, even safely fall and get back up. “Definitely building strength, building endurance so they can maybe stand for a longer period, and definitely confidence, because there are a lot of people who have a fear of falling,” said Erickson.
The Zero-G can help patients who can stand—but may have suffered a stroke, recently underwent surgery, or who just struggle with balance. Giving them the support they need to get back on their feet.