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    Vector System gives spinal injury patients new hope

    http://www.wbaltv.com/news/health/ve...d/-/index.html

    Dr Young this looks interesting. Do you believe something like this could be used with your 666 program? Seems it could reduce cost and also reduce wear on the therapist. Looks to be nothing more than a glorified hoya lift so it cant be but so costly. Maybe even helpful once the patient gets home.

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    The vector system is very costly. Over $17,000 for a 50 foot track. Unless you want the Vector unit in this video, which is the advanced version which is over $100,000.

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    Wow didn't expect it to be that high. `It looks no different than the tracked hoya lifts at Shepherd to me. Just uses a harness instead of a net.

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    #LHB#. I have seen several of these systems and think that they can be useful for the early phase of locomotor training. Recently, many of these systems have adopted much better designed harnesses that do not place as much weight on restricted areas of the body, such as between the legs. If you look at the harness carefully, you will notice that the harness utilizes friction on the body and thighs without relying on between-the-legs straps. However, as Tomsonite points out, these systems are expensive.

    In China, they use a rolling frame that the patients can lean on, a much cheaper system and one that requires the patient to be weight-bearing. The most laborious part of the locomotor training program is at the beginning when the patient is making the transition from standing to stepping. A therapist must move the legs manually. It may be less taxing for a therapist to do this initially on a treadmill. But, eventually, the patient must transfer to an overground walking device.

    Wise.

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