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Physical Therapy


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Physical Therapy



Orbiter Treadmills have been successfully employed in post surgical, injury and special condition rehabilitation programs since 1989. Physicians, physical therapists and patients have enthusiastically reported 'elimination' to 'significant reduction' of pain, and dramatically improved results when incorporating the Orbiter treadmill into their own personal training and patient treatment programs.



"I used to be a very serious athlete when I was young and my 20's and 30's a serious part-time runner mainly for fitness and enjoyment. In my early 40's when I had a fairly significant left knee injury which led to a complete lateral meniscectomy and a partial medial meniscectomy. I thought I would be able to run again, however I found that was not to be the case. I couldn't impact on the knee anymore.


Orthopedic Surgeon Robert Hoekman, MD Talks Orbiter Treadmill


Physician and Therapist Preferred For Knee, Back
And Lower Body Physical Therapy







 I became fat and quite depressed about my inability to do any sort of aerobic fitness activities. In my mid 40's I discovered the Orbiter and for the first time in five years I was able to run pain free. I discovered the Orbiter at an Orthopedic convention in Atlanta in 1996. I was so impressed with this machine I had one (converted to 240v) sent to Australia.


Dr. Bruce Low Discusses Orbiter


 For the last 8 years I have been religiously running on it every day virtually totally pain free. I have had no deterioration with the state of my left knee despite running up to 20-30 minutes daily at a pace that maintained excellent aerobic fitness and a very healthy body for my  
 age. I am now 52. Even though I live in Australia I have had excellent feedback from the parent company in America. They have given me advice and technical support for minor problems that I have had with the machine over the last six years.


The Orbiter has been extremely reliable and it is the only machine in the world that will allow a decent aerobic workout to someone that has an arthritic condition, that would otherwise not be able to take in a decent exercise regimen and stay fit which is desirable to everyone as we age, but unfortunately not possible for many of us because of varied often chronic painful conditions that preclude exercise.



The Orbiter is such a good machine and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone."
 Bruce Low, M.D recently (November 2007) purchased his third Orbiter (he owns an Orbiter II and an Orbiter III) after putting in a 30+ minute run on one of a new Orbiter IV after which he said:"This is by far the best Orbiter you've ever made."
Orthopedic Surgeon
3/7 Bayswater Road
Hyde Park
Townsville Queensland Australia


"The Orbiter that I purchased approximately six years ago has been a great assist in our physical therapy clinic for all manner of injured patients. Its rubber trampoline type surface has been of great worth for rehab for people with injured hips, knees, ankles, feet, and back which allows for rehabilitation with low impact in their programs. I hope to be looking towards purchasing another Orbiter in the future and look forward to dealing with you again."
Gary W. Garrison, R.P.T.. and
Lon M. Egbert, A.T.C., M.S.R.P.
Total Physical Therapy & Back To Work Clinic
Elko, Nevada


"The Orbiter allows us to exercise our patients on a treadmill without damaging their joints, and this has had the effect of speeding up the rehabilitation process tremendously. We have also found it to be excellent in the development of balance, proprioception, and intrinsic muscle groups."
Kevin Stone, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
The Stone Clinic - San Francisco, CA
   Stone Clinic Evaluation


Orbiter's unique design virtually eliminates the shock of ambulatory exercise, enabling rehabilitation to begin sooner, minimizing muscular reeducation, and speeding up the recovery process.


At the heart of the Orbiter is its multi patented shock absorbing surface, supported from the sides, instead of below. When a patient's foot strikes this surface, the shock is absorbed by Orbiter, not by the patient. The result is walking and running exercise without the trauma of hard surfaces.


"The ability to use the Orbiter treadmill much sooner in rehabilitation (than other treadmills) helps quicken patients' return to full function. We are impressed with the truly low impact surface and enhanced aerobic benefits of the Orbiter. Orbiter's suspended shock absorbing surface puts it above and beyond all other treadmills."
Richard Steadman, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon
Vail, Colorado
Download PDF of Steadman Sports Medicine Foundation Study


 Orbiter's therapeutic surface allows for early post surgical ambulatory conditioning for many back and lower body injuries, providing  patients with comfortable non traumatic walking and running exercise that can be repeated over and over with complete confidence.


"Orbiter is the best thing on the market for rehabilitating and conditioning the lower back and lower extremities."
Charles Rickard, R.P.T.
23 Year Physical Therapist
Florence, Alabama


Impact is absorbed and dissipated by Orbiter's true low-impact surface, instead of the patient's joints, bones and soft tissue.


"The Orbiter treadmill absorbs the force generated at heel strike instead of transmitting it upward through the leg."
Judith A. Cooper, M.P.A., M.A., R.P.T.
Former Director of Rehabilitation Hartford Hospital - Hartford Conn.


Over the past decade the Orbiter Treadmill has become a standard modality for treating a wide variety of conditions, documented in hospitals, professional athletic team workout and rehabilitation centers, including the following:




  • Complete Lateral Meniscectomy and Partial Medial Meniscectomy

  • Achilles Tendon Injury

  • Ankle Fractures - Various

  • Ankle Injuries and Pain

  • Ankle Sprains - Moderate to Severe

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstructions (ACL)

  • Arthroscopic Knee Repair

  • Arthroscopic Meniscectomy

  • Arthritis - Exercise To Slow Progression

  • Back - Acute to Chronic Strains

  • Balance and Coordination Problems

  • Chronic Tendonitis

  • Common Overweight Problems

  • Degenerative Disk(s)

  • Degenerative Joint Disease

  • Degenerative Knee Problems

  • Extensive Arthroscopic Knee - Chondroplasty (Arthritis)

  • Exercise During Pregnancy

  • Exercise following Endometriosis Surgery

  • Foot Fractures

  • Heel Injuries

  • Hip Pointer

  • Hip Replacement

  • Impact Exercise - Sensitivity due to Arthritis

  • Sjogren's Syndrome Joints

  • Impact Exercise - Sensitivity due to Cancer

  • Impact Exercise - Sensitivity due to Endometriosis

  • Knee Reconstructions

  • Knee Stability Problems

  • Leg Fractures

  • Ligament Stability

  • Localized Hematoma

  • Lumbar Surgeries - Discectomy/Laminectomy

  • Mechanical Back Pain

  • Muscle Contusions

  • Obesity

  • Osteo-Degenerative Disease

  • Patella Tendonitis

  • Pulled Hamstring

  • Quadriceps Injury

  • Range of Motion Problems

  • Reconditioned Atrophied Quadriceps

  • Recurring Knee Problems

  • Shin Splints

  • Stress Fracture

  • Spinal Fusions

  • Spondylolysis

  • Tendonitis - Chronic and Acute

  • To Reduce Progression of Arthritis in Active Profession Athletes

  • Turf Toe


Patients often connect pain in physical therapy with the perception that their treatment is either ineffective or potentially harmful. If pain causes a patient to quit therapy prematurely, the chance of re-injury increases.


"We have found that the Orbiter accelerates rehabilitation, decreases pain, and increases patient compliance. Virtually all lower extremity injuries are helped by Orbiter in their rehabilitation. Our patients love it, and we love it."
R.E. Hoekman, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon and Marathoner
Houston, Texas


Over the past decade, many patients with a broad range of injuries have reported being "pain free", "nearly pain free", and "much more comfortable" on Orbiter treadmills than on other treadmills or other walking surfaces.


"Houston Rocket Anthony Bowie's sprained right ankle kept him on crutches until Thursday evening, when the therapeutic qualities of the Rockets' new Orbiter treadmill took over. Bowie, who could barely limp on the floor, was able to walk briskly on the Orbiter, which could hasten his return."
Eddie Sefco
Sports Reporter
©1989 The Houston Chronicle


Orbiter allows patients to establish their normal gait pattern at an earlier stage of rehabilitation by decreasing and minimizing joint discomfort during and after therapy workouts.


"Patients with poor gait mechanics who have a difficult time recruiting the intrinsic muscles of the lower extremities have a dramatic improvement on the Orbiter treadmill because it forces them to use those muscles."
Michael J. Mullin, ATC, PTA
The Stone Clinic
San Francisco, California


 In head to head comparisons with other treadmills, patients, physicians and therapists overwhelmingly prefer Orbiter treadmills over other treadmills.


 "Patients choose the Orbiter treadmill over the other treadmill in our facility 95% of the time. Post surgical and fractured feet (patients) walk 50% sooner on the Orbiter than on our other treadmill. Thirty-five percent of the patients who use the Orbiter treadmill do not tolerate other equipment for aerobic exercise, and therefore would not otherwise get an aerobic workout."
Christine MacDonnell
Manager NovaCare
Cupertino, California


Orbiter allows early non traumatic post surgical exercise for many injuries, providing therapists with the world's most advanced technology - to best care for their patients.



"Race car driver A.J. Foyt credits Orbiter as the most important equipment in his rehabilitation from injuries suffered at the 1990 Texaco-Havoline 200."
A.J. Foyt
The Indianapolis 500's First Four Time Winner
© 1991 A.J. Foyt Media Guide



 Patients walk and run sooner on an Orbiter than on any other treadmills because they feel more comfortable on Orbiter's supportive, comfortable surface than they do on any other treadmill or walking surface.


"We treat both operative and non-surgical patients and have found that the Orbiter allows patients to ambulate earlier with less discomfort. Patient feedback on the Orbiter is very positive. It has been our experience that the Orbiter's low impact design allows patients to run earlier and also facilitates their proprioceptive capabilities faster. I have found no other piece of equipment that is as useful and popular with lower extremity patients."
Jim Kenyon, M.A., A.T.C.
Sports Medicine Director
Health South
Greensboro, North Carolina


Orbiter's greater cardiorespiratory workload helps patients recover their energy and conditioning levels faster, maximizing their therapy sessions.


"From our experience, we believe the Orbiter's almost-no-impact, suspended-over-air surface allows patients to run sooner in their rehabilitation program than they would have been able to on other treadmills. This hastens the recovery process and allows patients to return to their pre-injury level of activity earlier than they would have been able to otherwise. The trauma and impact on the joints seem to be nonexistent when running on the Orbiter treadmill as compared to either another treadmill or running outside."


"Because of the sense of comfort coupled with the absence of pain experienced by almost every patient who has been on the Orbiter, I can recommend the Orbiter treadmill to every rehabilitation facility."
Clive E. Brewster, M.S., P.T.
Administrator Health South of Los Angeles
Formerly the "Kerlan Jobe Clinic" and
Russ Paine, M.S., P.T.
Administrator Health South of Houston

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