An ideal solution to treat pathologies related to balance and gait disorders.
The system is composed of multiple pressure platforms that join in a sensorized walkway which allows a functional gait analysis through the static and dynamic measurement of plantar pressures and step forces.
The system extrapolates from the data acquired all the spatial-temporal gait parameters required to perform a diagnosis or to define a training strategy.
BTS P-WALK is an intuitive and easy-to-use solution. The quick to execute tests do not require any subject’s preparation, combined with the automatic report generation make BTS P-WALK suitable for a wide range of applications: prevention, diagnosis and follow-up of rehabilitative or pharmacological intervention.
Reimbursement codes related to postural, balance and movement evaluation are included in the list of national health institutions, such as CPT in US, DRG in EU or NHS within UK. Institutes and healthcare practitioners affiliated with major medical insurance plans can have reimbursement provided for such exams.
Applications in neurology:
The hemiparetic subject gait is characterized by reduction of speed, cadence and step length.
Moreover, there is an asymmetry in the different step phases and an increase in energy expenditure.
Spatial-temporal gait parameters are indicators of rehabilitation treatment efficacy.
It has been demonstrated in literature how the spatial parameters (such as step length) are for example DOPA-dependent, unlike the temporal parameters (such as stance and swing phase duration) that are DOPA-resistant.
Prevention of fall risk in geriatric patients
It has been demonstrated in literature that differences in mean values of some gait parameters, compared to reference values, such as reduced speed and stride length and increased double support time, are associated with fear of falling and are the result of an adaptation to a gait pattern that searches for a safer walking approach.
But, when these parameters show short-term variability, verificable with measurement each 3 mounths, they become an independent predictive factor of falling.
Gait parameters are adopted as useful information to plan the rehabilitation maximizing the functional recovery, preventing overloads of the prosthetic components and averting postural alterations and complications. Moreover the gait parameters support the evaluation of the treatment of knee arthroplasty.
Diabetic foot disorders
In diabetic patients with pheriferal neurophaties a plantar pressures analysis is fundamental to prevent or correct attitudes that will facilitate feet ulceration.