How it works
Before helping your patient on the machine, slide the leg support arms to the right or left depending on the knee being treated. After appropriate warm up, have your patient sit on the padded seat with their legs supported but hanging freely – about two inches from the front edge of the seat to their popliteal space.
Raise the leg support arms to a comfortable angle and then slide the leg support to the Achilles Tendon position on the lower leg, and secure with the padded velcro strap. To achieve total knee isolation, firmly fasten the thigh strap, and then connect the seat belt snugly across the patient’s lap. No more hip hiking! Now snap in the handle attachment, release the tensioning knob on the leg support arms – and you are ready to go!
Touch New Patient to enter the patient’s name, or select the patient’s name
from the list. You may enter flexion and extension goals for the patient which show up as yellow lines on the screen. You can also adjust the hold time they will use during therapy; the default is 30 seconds. You can then touch Start Session, which will prompt you to set the timer for the session; the default is 15 minutes.
Have the patient begin rotating the cranking mechanism which smoothly flexes or extends the leg depending on the direction it is turned. The patient then follows your specific rehabilitation session protocols. A typical session would include 20 to 30 minutes of flexing and extending the leg to the patient’s pain limit at each end of their range of motion. Have your patient start gradually and increase intensity as the joint limbers. The patient is encouraged to hold the stretch for thirty seconds at both ends of the flexion and extension cycle.