New Anti-Gravity Treadmill gets a runner back on her feet

Ronda is a 61 year old writer and athlete, she’s always been active and describes herself as “one of those people who loves to exercise, it just makes me feel good!” She loves running and used to be able to run 10 miles with ease.

When Ronda was in her early 40s she was diagnosed with arthritis in her knees. Her first orthopaedist suggested reducing the running which removed joy from her life and rehabilitation techniques that she found boring. So she continued to run and participate in group fitness classes despite the pain.  But over time, the debilitating pain became too much and she had to stop running. Her favorite way to exercise and an activity she loved was taken away by knee pain.

After consulting with Dr. Thomas Dopson at Resurgens Orthopaedics, he diagnosed an almost bone on bone condition in her knees and recommended physical therapy and running on our AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.

“My physical therapist, Amy, was awesome! She was knowledgeable, and very encouraging and kind of strict, but in a good way. The exercises strengthened my legs to help support my knees.”

The Resurgens St. Joseph's and Lawrenceville Rehabilitation locations have state-of-the-art AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills. It is the world’s first and only treadmill using NASA based anti-gravity technology, and it has been installed to help patients in their short-term rehabilitation programs. AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills allows a patient to lessen their body weight to reduce the impact on their joints which enables faster rehabilitation, safer conditioning for the injured population, and weight loss. All which can help remove major obstacles associated with these recovery and rehabilitation activities. Impact on the body and the pain of recovery are reduced, which helps people achieve better results. Patients at Resurgens can rehab better, train smarter, and exercise safer with the AlterG treadmill.

The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is the world’s first and only treadmill using NASA based anti-gravity technology, and it has been installed to help patients in their short-term rehabilitation programs.

“I get to run on the treadmill which is just a joy. Can you imagine not doing something you loved for years and then being reintroduced to it? I feel like I got my life back! I was remembering what my body used to be able to do. I did a 5k on the treadmill and it feels so good to run again. My knees and legs feel great again.  The positive physical effects from the treadmill are felt for days!

“As good as it felt great physically, it also felt amazing mentally!” Being able to run again has improved Ronda’s mental outlook. She feels as if she is 30 years old and running 10 miles again.  Prior orthopaedists told her to stop running because of her arthritis. Reclaiming something she used to be able to, granted in a different way, is very exciting and reminds her of the type of athlete she used to be.

“I think a lot of people with knee problems and don’t know this device is available.  This takes the pressure off your joints.  The motion is still is that of walking and running just with the benefit of minimal impact.”

Ronda has advice for those suffering from arthritis; “Listen to your intuition. Find a way to do what you love. I used to be passionate about running and the treadmill allows me to remember what that was like. Focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t!”

Learn more about the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.