New gait analysis system

A new gait analysis system new which starred in BBC’s Dragon’s Den and could help people suffering knee and back pain, is now available at the Spire Bushey Hospital.

The Gaitscan which measures how people walk, uses a pressure plate which scans at 300 times per second to produce 2D and 3D images of a patient’s feet.  It can help people suffering from knee and lower back pain as a result of walking incorrectly.

According to Miranda Dodd, physiotherapy manager at Spire Bushey hospital, "The Gaitscan lets us give a much more in depth analysis for our patients so we can tailor treatment to the individual.  If necessary special tailored shoe insoles called orthotics can be ordered online to help correct gait problems. Groups which benefit from gait analysis include athletes with recurrent niggling injuries; people wanting advice on the best type of trainer to wear for their foot type; any patient with persistent lower limb or spinal dysfunction that could be attributed to their gait pattern."

Spire Bushey Hospital has already treated 72 patients; Spire Healthcare are looking at how to roll out the new service to all patients across its network of 25 private hospitals.



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