What is gait training? What types of patients are eligible for this rehabilitation?

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Gait training is a type of physical therapy that helps patients learn to stand and walk again.  This may involve using a machine to help a patient walk without the risk of falling, or exercises led by a physical therapist to build strength in the muscles used when walking.  These exercises help a person learn to walk again by improving balance and muscle memory, and building the strength and endurance necessary for walking.  Any patient who has suffered an illness or injury that has affected their ability to walk is eligible for gait training.  This may include individuals who have suffered strokes, broken bones, joint injuries, hip or knee replacements, or amputations. Children who are suffering from muscular skeletal or neurological conditions, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, may also be eligible for gait training.