Spinal Cord Injury Gallery
Stories from Survivors
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Cord Injury Success Stories
A unique, all-in-one standing and walking frame.
Standing and walking are very important for people working through spinal cord injuries. Exercise is known to reduce risks for many diseases and premature death.
Passive standing is widely used in both acute and chronic SCI care. While a tilt table is often used to initiate a standing regimen, a standing/walking frame is preferred for the long term, and suitable for home use.
Many of the SCI clients below are using the GHS in conjunction with KAFO, AFO or other orthotic bracing. Some are also using functional electrical stimulation (FES) with bracing and the GHS.
Diving off a pontoon boat 4 years ago, Josh was paralyzed after suffering an incomplete spinal cord injury, breaking his C6/C7 vertebrae. After years of extensive therapy, and still on his journey, see Josh use the GHS to walk down the aisle on his wedding day.
In 2007, Doug had a T11/T12 complete spinal cord injury. He says “The GHS is stable and strengthened me in places I couldn’t get to with other equipment. It’s about people taking the adversity, using it as something good and going towards a goal to be better.”
In 2013 Kayt experienced a L1 spinal cord injury. Kayt says “I was told I would never walk again. I feel more stable in the Second Step Gait Harness System than parallel bars because I don’t have to worry about moving my hands. That is where most of the risk of falling comes–hand placement.”
Two years after her accident, Joyce shows that standing and walking again is finally possible using the Second Step Gait Harness System. She is excited to get back to her “wonderful life.” Joyce urges others to never give up opportunities to get better and get walking again.
As featured on Discovery Health Channel: After her spinal cord injury, Amy was told she “would never walk again, and to face life in a wheelchair.” Rejecting this, Amy said “I’m going to walk again and prove those doctors wrong.” She decided to do whatever needed doing to change her life.
Eric is a T6 complete. Eric has worked very hard to be able to walk and stand on his own again. He now requires minimal assistance for guidance of his Gait Harness System. Eric is wearing carbon fiber KAFOs with stance control knees. As you can see, the gait harness works very well with his braces.
Billy experienced a T 7/8 Asia A spinal cord injury in 2003, when he was just 22 years old. For the first 3 years post his injury he was so weak he could barely lift a gallon of milk in his hand. Billy has worked with STAR Rehab in Michigan over the past 5 years, working on rebuilding his strength and endurance. 8 years later, he is able to do a variety of strength training exercises, including wheelchair pull ups on pulleys, carrying 45 pound plates in his lap.
John is T11-12 Incomplete. He sustained a spinal cord injury and above knee amputation secondary to a motor vehicle accident. He had not tried to walk in over 15 years. Johns therapist has graduated him, using the Second Step Gait Harness System, through two prosthetics and orthotics, to what you now see.
Bob is a 6 foot 5 inch C5 ASIA B status post diving accident. His therapist has progressed him from KAFO’s to AFO’s. Additionally, the therapist has FES applied to the tib anterior and pernoneals that he activates via a trigger switch to break the extension spasticity. The GHS frees up an individual to manually correct improper foot placement.
Art shows an example of spinal cord injury recovery. 6 months later, he continues to make progress using the Second Step Gait Harness System. Using KAFOs, he no longer requires therapist assistance to propel his legs, and is getting stronger each day.
The Second Step Gait Harness System used during outpatient therapy with SCI survivor Steve. The System’s design allows for open, easy access by the practitioner or caregiver assisting the client with supported walking activities. Courtesy of STAR in Grand Blanc MI.
Good example of how easy it is to get indoor track walking distance in with the Second Step Gait Harness System during outpatient therapy. Courtesy of STAR in Grand Blanc MI.
Gregg has a T4 complete SCI from an accident almost 4 years ago. He was first introduced to the Gait Harness System about 2 years ago at another clinic where he was working on standing tolerance and pre-gait activities. He was just fitted for his first pair of custom KAFOs this summer. The Second Step has allowed Gregg to transition to/from standing without assistance and progress to para-gait training with his new KAFOs. It gives him the confidence to progress his walking safely with the assistance of only one therapist. This is possible because of GHS stability, the steering control locks, and the platform (which allows him to adjust his balance and shift his weight for independent stepping).
Contact Us Today
We are here to help you
For personalized attention, please call or email us today. We will take the time to answer all your questions about how the Gait Harness System is helping people walk again, and whether it could be right for you.