Pediatric Clinic Improving Walking For Cerebral Palsy Patients

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(KTVI)-- For 24-year old Adam Becvar, who has cerebral palsy, nothing comes easy.
But nothing stops Adam from trying.

"I don`t like to be sitting on my fanny in the wheelchair all day so I just want to be moving around on my legs," Adam said.

And now, thanks to a tool called the GAITRite system, patients like Adam can have their style of walking analyzed by computer, at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital.

The system uses pressure sensors to feed readings to a computer, telling therapists even more information about their patients than the patients know about themselves.

"Remember these kids and adults have always walked that way so they don`t necessarily know what normal is. We are not really trying to make normal," said Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. David Anderson. "We are trying to make optimal."

Adam's mother sees improvement, thanks to the GAITRite system.

"Adam has a problem with when to use his left side because he is more affected on his left side so then the therapist can see how much weight he is putting on his left leg which helps his gate pattern get better and his has gotten a whole lot better," said Vickie Becvar.

Until recently, this technology was only available to researchers.

But now, it is being used clinically, and Ranken Jordan is the first in St. Louis to offer it.