Improvements with the NewGait

With Alyssa Portelli

Alyssa Portelli is a physical therapist at the University of Michigan. She is specialized in neurologic rehabilitation and immediately believed the NewGait would make a difference in her practice. We had a chance to check in with Alyssa to see how things were going.

QUESTION: Can you give us a quick introduction?

ALYSSA: I'm Alyssa Portelli. I'm a physical therapist at the University of Michigan and I primarily work with a neurological population.

QUESTION: What results have you seen with the neurological population?

ALYSSA: So, with the neurological population, we've done a lot of postural corrections, core stability, we have used it a lot with the ataxia patients, and then a lot of gait training. All of our patients really like it. Even family members have noted, "Oh, they're walking so much better, they can clear their foot now!"

Even family members have noted, "Oh, they're walking so much better, they can clear their foot now!"

QUESTION: How would you compare the outcomes with the NewGait to other devices?

ALYSSA: Yeah, a lot of our patients come in with a brace or AFO, and they like using the NewGait a lot better. They feel like the muscles are working in the NewGait, opposed to just the brace holding them there. So, in terms of outcome measures, we've seen improvements in gait speed, functional lower extremity strength, and even overall endurance, which is really cool to see!

"We've seen improvements in gait speed, functional lower extremity strength, and even overall endurance."

QUESTION: What would you say to a therapist that is unsure about using the NewGait?

ALYSSA: I would say that it's a great piece of equipment, it's a good adjunct to anything you're doing. Once you get the hang of it, it's super easy to put on and you can do your whole treatment or anything you had planned before, but with the NewGait on. It helps give that patient a little bit more of those normal patterns, the postural correction to train, I think it's great. I think everyone should get one, all of our patients really liked it and we've had really good success with it.

"I think it's great. I think everyone should get one, all of our patients really liked it and we've had really good success with it."

Key Words From Alyssa

"I think it's great. I think everyone should get one, all of our patients really liked it and we've had really good success with it."

"We've seen improvements in gait speed, functional lower extremity strength, and even overall endurance."

"Even family members have noted, "Oh, they're walking so much better, they can clear their foot now!"

Alyssa Portelli Video Interview

Watch the video version here. Alyssa Portelli, physical therapist at the University of Michigan, discuss the improvements she has seen using the NewGait on neuro patients

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