New device helps patients reach their goals

Zero G harness
George is the first inpatient to utilize the ZeroG at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He returned to work late last year.

Continuing an ongoing commitment to offering the latest physical and occupational therapy for patients, the Inova Rehabilitation Center (IRC) at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital added the Aretech ZeroG Gait and Balance System, a robotic, ceiling-mounted body-weight support system that can be used for walking, balance activities, stair training and more. A key benefit of the device is there is no fear of falling.

With the new dynamic ZeroG System, the range of exercises and therapeutic activities patients can perform has increased, says Caitlin Ayers, MSPT, NCS. “The patient is free to move,” she says. “They can walk the entire length of the room, turn 360 degrees, get up and down from the floor, use a treadmill or practice stairs safely. They can really do almost anything.”

Ayers explains that the ZeroG also comes in handy for occupational therapy and getting patients back to work. “When we work with a patient, we always discuss their goals, and often it’s a work-related task,” she says. “With this system they can do things like lift objects or carry things up and down the stairs, all without having to worry about falling or injuring themselves.”


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View the Inova Rehabilitation Center’s programs and services. To make an appointment or for outpatient inquiries, call 703.664.7190.

1 Comment

  1. Monika on December 22, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I thought the answer to the question was going to be with PTs like Danielle!! The Zero G has really taken Mount Vernon from the greatest to the best!

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