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2 Your Health Anti-Gravity treadmill gets injured people moving

2 Your Health Anti-Gravity treadmill gets injured people moving

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A physical therapy center in the Lowcountry is helping patients recover a little easier with the help of a new machine. it's a treadmill that takes the weight of recovery off the patients, so the healing happens faster. Patrick Nathan is one of those patients.  After he underwent knee surgery in March,  his doctor steered him to Premiere Physical Therapy to try the AlterG treadmill.

The AlterG is an anti-gravity treadmill. It's designed for patients like Nathan who are recovering from surgery or an injury.

"It's doing something you couldn't imagine. It actually levitates and gives you an opportunity to do something you couldn't do before."  Nathan said.

The treadmill defies gravity. The AlterG gives patients the ability to set the exact point where exercise becomes pain free and provides clinicians a way to accurately measure patient rehabilitation progress

Bruce Michael Brown says he feels weightless as he works toward regaining function.

"It really got me from not being able to walk to where i can now walk with a cane."

Brown has suffered with back problems for years.  he tried different forms of therapy to relieve the pain.

"The (standard) treadmill,  the weights,  the pool, the rubber bands exercise." Brown said

Jill Boorman owner of Premiere Physical Therapy says the AlterG changes the lives of the patients.

"So people who cant normally walk either for long periods of time or put weight through a certain joint or their back or hips or knees ...we can get them on there and walking and moving."  Boorman says

Boorman adds the AlterG is also safer for patients.  There is no risk of slips, trips, or falls.

"When you put people on a treadmill you have to worry about them falling but on there you don't have to worry about falling.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the AlterG.  So has world-class runners and astronauts.

Patrick's not out to set any world records, but he is happy to be on the road to recovery.

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