|For an appointment at OCOR, call 202-877-1566|
For an appointment at Harborview, call 410-350-8372
For an appointment at Olney, call 301-570-3138
The Harborview, OCOR and Olney, MD sites are currently a few of a growing number of public facilities in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region offering AlterG’s treadmill, which reduces weight on the lower extremities without altering natural body movement, for rehabilitation as well as general training and fitness.
Washington, D.C. – July 15, 2011 – The NASA-inspired space-age device called the AlterG is now at THREE NRH Regional Rehab locations - Harborview Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy site, located at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, and just recently installed at OCOR at Irving Street and NRH Regional Rehab at Olney, which is located on the campus of Montgomery General Hospital. This revolutionary anti-gravity treadmill is now available to patients undergoing physical therapy, as well as those who wish to use this innovative training tool as part of their workout regimen.
"This equipment will enable our patients to effectively advance their therapy allowing them to achieve more efficient results while decreasing their recovery time,” said Josh Billings, PT and Harborview Clinic Director. “By reducing the weight placed on their joints and muscles, they are able to complete an effective workout with less strain on the body."
The anti-gravity treadmill, approved by the FDA in 2008 and manufactured by AlterG, Inc., applies a lifting force to the body that enables individuals to comfortably walk or run without putting undue stress on joints and ligaments. Not only does the treadmill give patients the ability to set the exact point where exercise becomes pain free, but the technology also provides clinicians a way to accurately measure patient progress.
In addition to its uses for physical therapy, OCOR, Harborview and Olney, will also offer the treadmill to the general public as an exciting new training tool allowing high school athletes, seniors and general fitness enthusiasts to help improve their performance and results.
"Being able to offer the AlterG treadmill further demonstrates our commitment to providing state-of-the-art physical therapy and training facilities to the Baltimore-Washington region,” said Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, president of Harbor Hospital. “In partnership with NRH, we are now able to offer the public technology that will significantly improve physical therapy for individuals recovering from injury or surgery, as well as those suffering from mobility issues, including seniors.
John Brickley, NRH Vice President of Ambulatory Network and Post Acute Development, says NRH Regional Rehab plans to add more AlterG devices in the future at many of its other outpatient locations, in an effort to give patients more access to the latest and greatest technology.
Learn more about this new service
To schedule an appointment at Harborview Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, call 410-350-8372
To schedule an appointment at the Outpatient Center for Orthopedic Rehabilitation (OCOR) at National Rehabilitation Hospital (102 Irving St., NW, Washington, D.C.) call 202-877-1566.
To schedule an appointment at NRH Regional Rehab at Olney, call 301.570.3138.
Visit the AlterG website: http://www.alter-g.com
National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) is a private, not-for-profit facility with 137 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. NRH’s services are designed specifically for the rehabilitation of individuals with disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and disease, arthritis, amputations, post-polio syndrome, chronic pain, back and neck pain, occupational injuries, cancer and cardiac disease that require medical rehabilitation, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. Annually, NRH admits approximately 2,200 inpatients and provides nearly 350,000 ambulatory visits at 34 NRH Regional Rehab outpatient sites located in Washington, D.C., Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. We treat patients from the age of 6 and up and our pediatric unit — the National Center for Children’s Rehabilitation at NRH — is a joint service of NRH and Children’s National Medical Center.
NRH has appeared on the “Best Hospitals” list in U.S.News & World Report for 16 consecutive years and is currently ranked among the top hospitals for medical rehabilitation in America. NRH is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). NRH has CARF accredited specialty programs for Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke. In addition, NRH’s Spinal Cord Injury Program has been designated one of only 14 Model SCI Systems of Care in the country by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a part of the Department of Education. NRH is a proud member of MedStar Health., parent company to Franklin Square Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Harbor Hospital, Montgomery General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and the Visiting Nurses Association. For more on NRH, log on to nrhrehab.org.