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:
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.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Brian LeLoup, rehabilitation services manager, inpatient rehabilitation therapies, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
A doctor's referral is required to participate in this program.
Your physician can make a referral by phone at 612-262-7979 or fax at 612-262-7860.
Partial weight bearing gait therapy is available at: