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    I am a T 6 para. I can walk with a regular KAFO and cuffed elbow crutches in the swing through and 4 point gait pattern.but the fear of falling down is always there.speed is low.i cannot walk on uneven surfaces or walk on ramps.and due to spasticity the speed has reduced.in the hospital i was doing 12 metres per minute over a distance of 500 metres.now it should be around 9 .
    but i have heard of the walkabout orthosis designed by polycane,australia,marketed by cascade orthopedics in the u.s is supposed to be very effective.a t8 who uses it can actually stand and wash vessels at the sink and work on his truck.that is what the ad said.i do not have the link.how effective is it actually.is is suited only for lower paras.i would like your opinions regarding it.thank you
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    Possible Orthoses

    I'm afraid I don't have an answer for your question. Your best bet is going to be to find a physical therapist who is good at SCI and ask him/her for an opinion. In my experience, para's at your level do not find walking a very functional activity. Some of them use is for aerobic exercise and it does help promote their overall fitness. But most of them have given it up as they grew older because of the tremendous amount of energy it requires. It's your choice in the end, how much this enriches your life.

    Good luck.
    (RAB)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      I don't have any first-hand experience observing anybody with a polycane orthosis... however, there are plenty of web sites that tout the device:

      http://www.polymedic.com.au/htm/about_polycane.htm

      http://www.abc.net.au/ra/elp/innovatn/inofs626.htm

      Here is a site that actually has a video of the device at work:

      http://engineering.cua.edu/biomedica...ley/walkabout/

      http://education.qld.gov.au/tal/liu/...ip/tseq_07.htm

      It is apparently still in clinical trials in Australia http://education.qld.gov.au/tal/liu/...ip/eqtrial.doc

      Wise.

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        #4
        thanks for replying.i checked the websites.the video and the cascade webpage is not opening up.and nurse, i agree with you that walking is not that easy .but i like doing it.i still can get up only under the gaurded position.the only problem with doing it alone is that the chances of falling is always there.thank you.

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          #5
          The video is not working? Hmm. I am using Internet explorer and it seems to be working well for me. Wise.

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