Nechama Karman, PT MS PCS
Nechama Karman, PT, MS, PCS, is a board certified pediatric physical therapist in private practice in Great Neck, NY. She has extensive experience in pediatric and adult rehabilitation settings, including inpatient, outpatient, acute and long-term rehab as well as home-based environments. She has been a LiteGait clinical trainer since 2008, and since 2010 has been responsible for ongoing clinical education programs for Mobility Research – including the facilitation of the online Journal Club, Case Studies & other clinical webinars. She has used LiteGait extensively across populations for both gait training and advanced skills training, primarily in individuals with acquired brain injuries and other neurological deficits. She was formerly on faculty at the School of Health Professions, Behavioral and Life Sciences of New York Institute of Technology, in Old Westbury, NY and School of Health Sciences, Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Improving gait outcomes: Instrumented gait analysis in 2 minutes flat!
Global measures, including step length symmetry and walking activity levels may be the best predictors of continued improvement following gait training. Hall (2012) determined step-length symmetry may be the key to walking improvement following training in stroke survivors with hemiparesis, regardless of how that symmetry is achieved. Clinicians need user-friendly tools that produce reliable objective spatio-temporal gait data. Historical methods of clinical data collection involve arduous, unreliable methods using stopwatches or pressure mats. Technology can objectively measure gait variable changes in patients, however, the busy clinician requires a system that can easily collect data and organize it in a way that is immediately meaningful and useful, while not interfering with the therapy delivery. GaitSens 2000 allows clinicians to easily and objectively assess gait during walking while maximizing steps taken via treadmill training. The data collected can be used immediately to implement gait training and biofeedback programs specifically targeting increased symmetry.
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