PIERENSTEP – Measuring system for the control of partial weight bearing and for gait training -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine


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PIERENSTEP – Measuring system for the control of partial weight bearing and for gait training

Partial weight bearing is measurable

PIERENSTEP for the promotion of the optimum healing process

Doctors frequently require trauma surgery patients or orthopaedic patients to exert only partial weight on the injured lower limb during the healing process.
The weight bearing activity is of importance to promote bone growth. In addition it is important to mobilise the biomechanical function as soon as possible in order to attain timely and successful treatment.
Modern surgical procedures, for example following complex fractures, cartilage cell transplants, crucial ligament replacements or meniscus sutures, are all indications of modern surgery for partial weight bearing.

These days, patients are only trained in the acquirement of the three point gait with crutches under physiotherapeutic supervision. However, partial weight bearing levels must be evaluated and perceived on the part of the patient in a subjective manner.

Now, and for the first time, Pierenstep intelligent crutches provide the therapist and the patient with a unique measuring instrument as an invaluable aid to weight bearing control. Excessive deviation of the prescribed weight bearing values will result in the patient receiving acoustic and vibration feedback signal in real time. The easy handling of the PIERENSTEP enables the patient to exercise continuous self-control during the rehabilitation process; and this from the very first step!
For the patient, the intelligent crutch system PIERENSTEP consists merely of an individually configured pair of crutches. The therapist receives in addition the PIERENSTEP software system which permits the configuration of any number of pairs of crutches. Wireless data transmission between crutches and PC is easily and conveniently realised.

The therapist can evaluate each step made by the patient via the live gait training function. He can therefore order immediate corrections where necessary. This means that the patient can quickly learn the three point gait technique and is in a position to better concentrate on his actual gait pattern. A physiological gait pattern combined with the exercise of the correct partial weight level is more easily and quickly established.