BTS P-Walk

PROBLEM Pressure and gait analysis can be cumbersome and expensive.

SOLUTION P-Walk provides an affordable, pressure platform system that is small and portable.

New from BTS Bioengineering is the P-Sensor Pressure Plate. Combined with the G-Studio software, the P-Sensor becomes the P-WALK system, an ideal solution to treat pathologies related to balance and gait disorders.

The system is composed of multiple pressure platforms that join in a sensor-ized walkway that allows a functional gait analysis through the static and dynamic measurement of plantar pressures and step forces. The system extrapolates from the data acquired all the spatial-temporal gait parameters required to perform a diagnosis or to define a training strategy. BTS P-WALK is an intuitive and easy-to-use solution. The quick-to-execute tests do not require any preparation of the subject. The automatic report generation makes BTS P-WALK suitable for a wide range of applications: prevention, diagnosis, and follow-up of rehabilitative or pharmacological intervention.

Refundable Exam

Reimbursement codes related to postural, balance, and movement evaluation are included in the list of CPT codes. Institutes and healthcare practitioners affiliated with major medical insurance plans can have reimbursement provided for such exams.









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Applications

Applications in neurology: the hemiparetic subject gait is characterized by reduction of speed, cadence, and step length. 
Moreover, there is an asymmetry in the different step phases and an increase in energy expenditure.

Parkinson Disease

Spatial-temporal gait parameters are indicators of rehabilitation treatment efficacy. It has been demonstrated in literature how the spatial parameters (such as step length) are for example DOPA-dependent, unlike the temporal parameters (such as stance and swing phase duration) that are DOPA-resistant.

Reduction of Fall Risk in Geriatric Patients

It has been demonstrated in literature that differences in mean values of some gait parameters (such as reduced speed and stride length and increased double support time) are associated with fear of falling and are the result of an adaptation to a gait pattern that searches for a safer walking approach. But when these parameters show short-term variability over 3 months, they become an independent predictive factor of falling.

Orthopedic Applications

Gait parameters are useful information to plan the rehabilitation maximizing the functional recovery, preventing overloads of the prosthetic components, and averting postural alterations and complications. Moreover the gait parameters support the evaluation of the treatment of knee arthroplasty.

Diabetic Foot Disorders

In diabetic patients with pheriferal neurophaties, a plantar pressures analysis is fundamental to prevent or correct attitudes that will facilitate foot ulceration.