Gait / Walking Analysis

Gait examination is the analysis of walking problems by visually examining the interaction of the low back and the joints of the thighs, legs, and feet during the various stages of walking.

When performing a gait examination various stages of walking are observed including, initial contact, loading response, mid stance, terminal stance, pre swing, mid swing, and terminal swing.

Many back, thigh, leg, ankle, and foot problems may be caused by or manifest themselves in subtle gait abnormalities.

Gait training involves retraining the patient to improve their ability to walk as close to normal again. This training may involve:

  • Stretching
  • Strengthing
  • Endurance exercise
  • Balance exercises
  • Visual/video training with feedback
  • Verbal cues to improve walking patterns
  • Training on different surfaces (grass, stairs, pavement, uneven surfaces)

There are a number of patients that can benefit from gait training including:

  • Post-surgical hip, knee, ankle, foot patients
  • Post-fracture patients
  • Post-surgical spine surgery patients
  • Patients with injuries to joints
  • Patients with spinal cord injuries
  • Vestibular/vertigo patients
  • Neurologically involved patients
  • Patients at risk for falls
  • Stroke patients
  • Numerous others

For more information about how we can help you or a loved one with our gait training services, please contact us.

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Ridgeview Physical Therapy & Wellness Center

200 Old Pond Rd Ste 106, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Monday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday By Appointment

Phone: (412) 400-3434

Heather is the best! I had issues with my hips and SI joints which were causing me terrible lower back pain and I was miserable! I lived for cortisone shots.

I was in so much pain the first time she saw me. I just wanted to be pain-free! I had gone to physical therapy in the past and it did nothing for me. The therapist would give me stim and heat and tell me to do some exercises and stretches. They would never put their hands on me to do any myofascial release.

With that said, I was hesitant to go again because I thought it would be a waste of my time. Boy, I am so glad I went!!! Heather has helped me tremendously!!! She is all hands on.

She assured me at my first visit that I would get better and to give it some time. She was right! Not only are my SI joints, lower back pain, and hips better, but there is a noticeable difference in my posture, my core is stronger, and I am much more balanced than I ever have been. I don’t have pain every day and am able to go weeks without therapy. I still have some work to do and will NEVER go to another therapist!

She is so knowledgeable and is continuously researching and learning new techniques. She has experience in myofascial release which is what I needed.

I haven't mentioned how friendly and accommodating she is when it comes to her patients. Her bedside manner is like no other! She treats her patients like family. I feel like I have known Heather forever and I’ve only known her for a short time.

At Ridgeview, if you are a germaphobe like me, you will be very comfortable. It’s very clean and the rooms are tidy and spic and span! If you are looking for the best, call Heather!!! I can guarantee you won’t be sorry!!!!

Darla C.
physical therapy Bridgeville PA

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