The Solo Step SOS (Safety Overhead Support) System
We utilize the Solo Step SOS System extensively in a variety of programs including Balance and fall prevention, Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrigs), MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Osteoporosis, gait training, lower extremity prosthetic training, and generalized musculoskeletal weakness.
Melinda Sganga, MPT, CLT, says, “This is quite simply the best innovation for physical therapy since the computer. The Solo Step system allows a person who is either fragile, or simply afraid of standing or walking for fear of falling down, to move freely without risk of losing their balance and striking the ground. It is amazing to see what someone is capable of doing once the fear is gone.”
Brandon Johnson, LPTA, points out that, “It not only protects the patient, but it also protects the therapist. As licensed therapist, we are trained to allow no harm to our patients which includes never allowing them to hit the ground. Before the Solo Step system, I put myself at risk several times to stop my patient from falling to the ground, and some therapists have suffered career ending back injuries from doing the same thing.”
Patient Marjorie D. said about the Solo Step, “If you had told me that I, at 87, would have been playing soccer with my therapist in just 8 visits, I would have told you that you were nuts. The last time I fell at home, I was getting out of my chair to answer the door. I got to where I was afraid to even get out of that chair. I got so weak that I was just counting down my days. Now, I walk without my walker and occasionally have to use my cane, but only when I really get tired.”
If you are a Medicare recipient, you need a physician referral. Most doctors will make the referral if you tell them that you have fallen or are concerned that you might. If you have private insurance, you don’t need a specific referral to start using the Solo Step SOS System. Just call us at (386) 755-3164, or come by the facility and speak with Alisa at the front desk.