Applications in orthopaedic, pulmonary and cardio rehabilitation can benefit from low starting load levels. Because of its negligible internal friction, the Velotron produces accurate loads down to 5 Watts, which is believed to be the lowest load level attainable by any electronic bicycle ergometer in existence. This capability should allow rehabilitation to begin at an earlier stage than previously possible.
It has been demonstrated that bike racers who have undergone orthoscopic knee surgery have been able to begin accelerated rehabilitation a few days after surgery using a CompuTrainer (which has a minimum load of 50 Watts). Professional cyclist Brian Walton underwent extensive knee surgery in May, 1996, and won an Olympic silver medal in August. It may be possible to replicate this approach with non-athletes by using the extremely low starting wattages of the Velotron.
Tests are underway at the Swedish Hospital Pulmonary Lab in Seattle to evaluate the functional effect of low wattage level Velotron exercise regimens for emphysema patients. If these tests are successful the Accuwatt feature of the Velotron (described below) guarantees that in a clinical setting the ultra-low wattage levels employed would be absolutely repeatable.
The Velotron is available in a variety of bike frame styles for different applications. For cycling sport-specific orthopaedic rehabilitation a road bike frame is supplied, or the athlete’s own bike frame may be used. For cardio, pulmonary, and other rehabilitation applications there is an “easy-on/easy-off” style frame which is comfortable for non-athletic patients.
Another Velotron feature of special value in medical applications is Accuwatt (Patent Pending) accuracy verification. The Accuwatt procedure takes less than 10 seconds to verify that the original factory calibration is unchanged and that system repeatability is within the 0.01% performance specification. The original factory calibration test numbers are imbedded in the system software, and the Accuwatt test indicates how close the field results are percentage-wise to the original factory test numbers. Competitive ergometers lack this feature which identifies any degradation in system accuracy. Velotron's interactive software package is guaranteed to improve your performance and to provide the information and visual stimulation to keep you motivated.
Cutting-edge electronic technology together with sophisticated software for top performance and total realism. Realaxiom allows you to train on the most famous courses, comparing your performance with others. The exclusive software developed by Elite offers extremely realistic experiences and sensations, allowing you to interact directly with real videos of the chosen courses. On-line technology for your training.
Post Surgical: • Post Surgical Rehabilitation ◦ Following an orthopedic or soft tissue surgical procedure, it is strongly recommended to follow up with Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy expedites ROM (Range of Motion), healing (through increased blood flow) and reduces swelling. The increase in blood flow also aids in pain management. Call and ask one of our therapists about your surgical procedure and Post Surgical Rehabilitation and how it can help you. Best of all the advice is FREE!!! • Pain Management ◦ Every person’s pain threshold is different. An individual with a low tolerance for pain may decide not to continue with therapy or even GO TO THERAPY! Don’t let this happen to you. A Fusion Professional can help you with Pain Management through your rehabilitation process. Come see how we can help you Sports Injuries: • Neck Injuries ◦ Our trained professionals have successfully treated clients suffering from pinched nerves, strained muscles, traumatic injuries, and post operative procedures such as ‘fusions’. This is just a brief list of some of the diagnosis we treat. We always recommend that you call us to ask if we can help you with what ails you. • Upper Extremity Injuries ◦ Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries are some of the most common injuries suffered by sports active individuals today. Fusion Physical Therapists have extensive experience successfully treating such injuries. • Hip Injuries ◦ Hip injuries and hip replacements are especially common in slip, trip and fall accidents. With the advances in modern medicine and in our new state of the art facility, Fusion Physical Therapist’s are able to produce better results in a shorte amount of time. Call us so we can help you. • Lower Back and Spinal Injuries ◦ The lower back plays a major role in everyday life as it bears the majority of your body’s weight. Therefore, it is easily injured when you lift, reach or twist. Spinal injuries can be attributed to traumatic injuries, a strength deficiency or genetic. All can be successfully treated to help improve one’s way of life. • Lower Extremity Injuries ◦ Lower extremity injuries generally involve the knees, ankles and feet. Unfortunately, the human body relies upon all the lower extremity components to work in conjunction with one another. An injury creates instability, causing the body to compensate. Compensation alleviates pain and discomfort to the injured area but adds additional stress to the healthy joints and muscles. If the afflicted area is not treated promptly and efficiently the injury becomes more complex over time. Early diagnosis and treatment of lower extremity injuries is essential! Bio-Mechanical: • Orthopedic Assessments of Musculoskeletal Deficiencies ◦ Orthopedic Assessments of Musculoskeletal Deficiencies assesses the biomechanics of movement dysfunctions due to muscle imbalances, muscle weakness, or muscle atrophy. We identify and define why the muscle imbalance or weakness may be occurring and how to correct it. Orthopedic Assessments of Musculoskeletal Deficiencies are included in your Initial Evaluation. • Gait Analysis ◦ Our therapists perform Gait Analysis to identify irregularities in a patients walk and foot placement. We are then able to determine if these conditions create other more serious disabilities and how to correct the condition if necessary. Fusion Physical Therapy & Sports Wellness P.C. offers specific strength programs to improve gait performance. Please speak to one of our Team members for more information. • Balance and Gait Disturbances ◦ Balance and Gait Disturbances can be the cause to other more serious symptoms that patients suffer from. With proper diagnosis and treatment a more serious injury may be avoided or remedied. Fusion Physical Therapy & Sports Wellness P.C. offers programs to improve Balance and Gait Disturbances. Please speak to one of our Team members for more information. • Ergonomic Analysis ◦ Ergonomic Analysis determines if an individual is using proper form in the function of daily work activities. Improper daily form can lead to a higher risk of such conditions such as low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Once identified and corrected, proper ergonomic form carries over into everyday living therefore improving everyday life. • Biomechanical Dysfunction Analysis ◦ Biomechanical Dysfunction Analysis identifies improper movement in the body as a direct result of injury, muscle weakness or atrophy. Through Fusion's Wellness Program we can teach you how your body should move correctly to prevent injury or further injury. Please call and speak to one of our Team members for more information. Symptomatic Disorders: • Arthritis Pains ◦ Arthritis and joint pain are among the most debilitating human conditions. Chances are you or someone you know has arthritis. Arthritis causes pain, stiffness and sometimes swelling in or around joints. This can make it hard to perform the movements you rely on every day to work or to take care of your family. There are many options available and steps you can take to avoid arthritis or to reduce arthritis pain and keep the freedom to move about, which so many take for granted. • Osteoarthritis ◦ Osteoarthritis is a disease of the cartilage in joints and is the most common form of arthritis and is a major cause of pain and disability in older adults. Osteoarthritis causes progressive breakdown of cartilage until the bones, which were once separated by cartilage, rub against each other. This results in damage to the tissue and underlying bone, causing the painful joint symptoms of osteoarthritis. • Rheumatoid Arthritis ◦ Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory disorder wherein the body's immune system attacks its own tissues, a condition known as autoimmune disease. The tissues affected most commonly in rheumatoid arthritis are cartilage, bone, and various internal organs, leading to joint destruction, arthritis, and other symptom. • Osteoporosis Exercise Programs ◦ Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that causes bones to become thin and porous, significantly increasing your risk for vertebrae and hip fractures. Hip fractures often require hospitalization, and vertebral fractures can cause loss of height and severe back pain. Both may lead to permanent disability. A supervised wellness routine recommended by our Physical Therapists can aid and help in the prevention of the conditions brought on by this debilitating disease. Call us to schedule an appointment. Physician and Surgeon Referrals: • Our team works extensively with renowned physicians and surgeons in New York City and the surrounding communities. Should you need help in choosing a medical professional to meet your specific needs, Fusion can suggest a specialist for you and schedule an appointment for you.
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill® uses unique differential air pressure technology that provides accurate, safe and comfortable partial weight-bearing therapy while promoting normal gait patterns.
- Unique unweighting technology provides the opportunity to rehabilitate lower extremities like never before
- Precise partial weight-bearing enables accurate implementation of unweighting protocols not found in any other rehabilitation equipment on the market
- Provides highly effective neuromuscular and proprioceptive retraining
- Technology developed at NASA and further developed by AlterG for medical rehabilitation, fitness and sports performance training
Unlike the simple lift harness devices, AlterG’s unweighting system incorporates differential air pressure technology developed by NASA and enhanced by AlterG to provide precise unweighting in one percent increments to as low as 20 percent of the patient’s body weight. AlterG’s exclusive precision gives patients the ability to set the exact point where exercise becomes pain free and provides clinicians a way to accurately measure patient progress. This revolutionary rehabilitation equipment is used and recommended by leading physical therapy clinics, hospitals, colleges and pro sports teams. You can read more about our medical findings in our rehabilitation treadmill clinical research section.
The Anti-Gravity Treadmill® is FDA-cleared for the following functional rehabilitation indications:
- Rehabilitation following injury or surgery of the lower extremity (hip, knee, ankle or foot)
- Rehabilitation after total joint replacement
- Gait training in neurologic patients
- Strengthening and conditioning in older patients
- Weight control and reduction
- Sport specific conditioning programs
- Aerobic conditioning
Most lower extremity rehabilitation programs stress the importance of becoming mobile as soon as possible. AlterG’s medical treadmill offers the most advanced anti-gravity approach to physical therapy based on “unweighting” technology. It is safe, effective and FDA approved and covered by many health insurance plans.