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Partial weight bearing gait therapy
Partial Weight Bearing (PWB) gait therapy, also called Body Weight Supported (BWS) gait therapy, is a method of supporting the body to facilitate walking.
It is a particularly effective rehabilitation technique for those who have experienced the following conditions:
PWB gait therapy enables the therapist to assist the patient in regaining the ability to walk by:
A doctor's referral is required to participate in this program.
Your physician can make a referral by phone at
Benefits of PWB gait therapy
Benefits associated with PWB gait therapy include:
To initiate PWB gait therapy, the patient must have a referral from a physician for a physical therapy evaluation. After the referral is made, a qualified physical therapist will perform an evaluation to determine if the patient is an appropriate candidate for PWB gait therapy.
If the patient is a candidate for this therapy, he/she will be assessed on the PWB system and monitored closely for any adverse reactions. A therapist will then work with the patient to establish an appropriate treatment plan.
Source: Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Brian LeLoup, rehabilitation services manager, inpatient rehabilitation therapies, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 03/22/2011
Last Reviewed: 09/07/2011