HealthSouth is doing more than offering the latest healthcare technologies - it's creating them. With the AutoAmbulatorTM, HealthSouth brings cutting edge technology into the rehabilitation process. The AutoAmbulator is an innovative therapeutic device designed to help rehabilitate patients who experience difficulty walking. Patients with gait disorders often experience problems with balance, coordination and posture. An abnormal walking pattern requires more energy and often results in decreased functional ability for even the simplest activities in daily life. For those with a walking impairment, the AutoAmbulator may help advance their rehabilitation process.
The AutoAmbulator is a sophisticated treadmill device unparalleled in its ability to help patients replicate normal walking patterns. Using the therapeutic concept of body weight supported ambulation and robotics, the AutoAmbulator simulates normal walking motion. Whether an individual has been recently injured or has been unable to walk for years, the AutoAmbulator may be used to improve function. Patients referred to HealthSouth for treatment as a result of a gait disorder have the opportunity to ambulate in a safe environment sooner than they would in a traditional rehabilitation program.
The Food and Drug Administration in 2002 granted HealthSouth permission to begin using the AutoAmbulator. Designed with numerous safety features, the AutoAmbulator safely maintains the patient upright while robotics assist the patients legs during ambulation over a treadmill. Intelligent programs power the AutoAmbulator through its integrated computer system, while sensors track numerous functions, continuously monitoring and adjusting power and speed according to each patient's physical requirements.