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Meet Ludvig!

Ludvig is a 6 years old boy who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, GMFCS V. His parents’ hope is that in the future he will be able to move independently using helping aids. After standing in the Innowalk he has reached several milestones along this journey, like when he was able to fulfil his passion and go skiing and ice-skating in the winter without getting frostbite!

Ludvig has no independent standing and walking functioning and he is not able to sit without support. His joint mobility is somewhat limited and he has muscular spasticity. Additionally he has been diagnosed with therapy-resistant epilepsy and scoliosis.

Objectives

Together with his physiotherapist, Ludvig’s parents started off with several objectives: to improve his bowel function, blood circulation, upper-body and leg strngth and to improve his head control. They also hoped that an increase in activity would improve the quality of his sleep. The physiotherapist also wanted to prevent deformities due to his spasticity.

The choice of assistive device

For more than a year Ludvig has been using the Innowalk at home and he has already many of the initial goals. For five days a week Ludvig uses the Innowalk to move around, for about 15-30 minutes a time, with static standing frame now only being used when he is in daycare.

“The Innowalk provides all-round training with good support, something no other helping aid can give. Ludvig loves to exercise in his Innowalk; he is proud and stretches his body in a way he never does in other forms of therapy. You can tell he feels more independent in Innowalk and even he is strapped in he does not feel restricted.”

– Ludvig’s Mother

Result and effect

He has started to activate his legs under independent functioning, both kicking and moving, movements he never perfromed before he started using the device. This has meant he has been able to reduce the dosages for his Botox treatments as well.