Gait Training in Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge

How Can Physical Therapy Help Treat Gait?

In simple terms, gait is the pattern in which a person walks. Doctors can often discover a lot about a person based on their gait. Skeletal, neurological and muscular problems can all be determined by one’s walking pattern.

At Madison Physical Therapy in Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, we know that physical therapy can improve your ability to walk through gait training. Gait training can help:

  • Strengthen joints and muscles
  • Improve posture and balance
  • Build endurance
  • Improve muscle memory
  • Lower fall risk

Our team in Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn knows that the body is designed to be upright. When we are standing up, our organs, muscles, bones and nervous system function optimally.

Who can benefit from gait training? Those who are having difficulties walking due to:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Lower limb amputation
  • Broken legs or pelvis
  • Stroke
  • Neurological disorder
  • Joint injury/replacement
  • Musculoskeletal disorders

With stroke being the leading cause of long-term disability, those who have suffered from a stroke often benefit from gait training. Although many stroke survivors learn to walk again within 6 months, many individuals need additional gait training to get their walk back.

In Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, we recommend you begin gait training as soon as possible after an injury. Gait training sessions usually involve muscle strengthening activities and walking on a treadmill. Our physical therapists will help stabilize you, support your body weight, and provide other assistance during gait training sessions.

At Madison Physical Therapy in Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, we will work with you to personalize a treatment plan in order to get you back on your feet. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about our gait training program.