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Patients are ‘walking on air’ in new AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s Outpatient Physical Therapy is pleased to introduce cutting edge physical therapy to the region. The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill brings technological advances to physical rehabilitation and sports training.

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill utilizes NASA-patented Differential Air Pressure “unweighting” technology, which works by inflating an air chamber in order to reduce stress on the body’s lower extremities. This allows users to run or walk with up to 80% of their actual body weight supported. A three-camera video system also allows patients and physical therapists to view movements for instant feedback for improved performance each session.

The benefit of this gravity control is less impact on joints and muscles, which results in less pain for the patient. Other benefits include:

  • Reduction of stress on joints and injured areas of the lower body
  • Improved gait patterns to increase endurance and decrease deviations
  • Increased safety during treatment for patients to perform more standing activities


“With this new equipment, patients can begin rehabilitation sooner following an injury, especially those post-surgical patients who may have been given a weight restriction,” states Sarah Karban, PT, Outpatient Therapy Manager at St. Elizabeth’s. “We are extremely grateful to the Friends of St. Elizabeth’s for providing funding. It will greatly enhance the recovery and quality of life of many of our patients.”

A grant of $40,000 from the Friends of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital made the purchase of this new machine possible. “We are proud to help our Outpatient PT Department better serve the recovery needs of patients by approving the purchase of this advanced technology,” states Carol Wylie, Director of Philanthropy at St. Elizabeth’s.

St. Elizabeth’s has therapists that specialize in integrating this technology into a comprehensive rehabilitation program for a variety of therapy needs including muscle strengthening after a total joint replacement, following lower extremity injury, for neurological diagnosis, weight loss and conditioning in a fall-safe environment.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is one of only two locations in the metro-east to offer this technology to the public. A physician’s referral is required. To learn more about the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill, contact Karban at 618-234-2120, ext. 1705.

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