Kickstart study released

Cadence Biomedical™announced the release of its first peer-reviewed publication, “Mobility Training for Patients Recovering from Neurological Injuries with Kickstart®: A Case Series.”

The study, published in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation International, examined those using Kickstart, a wearable rehabilitation device that uses spring-based technology for proper walking. Patients with stroke and spinal cord impairment were among the subjects using Kickstart in physical therapist-supervised gait training.

Cadence co-founder and COO Brian Glaister authored the study with Nancy Byl, Ph.D., PT, Professor Emeritus at the University of California-San Francisco.

“It's common for patients with neurological injuries such as a stroke to reach a plateau in their walking recovery. This can be frustrating for patients, families and therapists,” Byl said.

In addition to improvements in walking speed and distance, participants demonstrated gains in gait quality and independent function. Patients increased endurance, walking speed and walking distance.

The study is the first peer-reviewed evidence demonstrating Kickstart's effectiveness in improving walking independence for patients with neurological injuries.

This research was supported in part by the Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Orthopedic Research Program.