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A new high tech machine which starred in BBC’s Dragon’s Den and could help people suffering knee and back pain, is now available at Spire Bushey Hospital.

The Gaitscan, which measures how people walk, uses a pressure plate which scans at 300 times per second to produce 2D and 3D images of a patient’s feet. It can help people suffering from knee and lower back pain as a result of walking incorrectly.

The team who came face to face with the Dragons unfortunately didn’t get funding on the programme but physiotherapists at Spire were really impressed with the machine, which isn’t available on the NHS.

Miranda Dodd, physiotherapy manager at Spire Bushey hospital, said the Gaitscan has really helped her patients.

“We carry out gait analysis working closely with foot and ankle consultants, the Gaitscan lets us give a much more in depth analysis for our patients so we can tailor treatment to the individual. If necessary special tailored shoe insoles called orthotics can be ordered online to help correct gait problems.” She said.

“Some specific groups which benefit from gait analysis include athletes with recurrent niggling injuries; people wanting advice on the best type of trainer to wear for their foot type; any patient with persistent lower limb or spinal dysfunction that could be attributed to their gait pattern; and Gait re-education programmes for patients with neurological deficit.”

Spire Bushey Hospital has already treated 72 patients and Spire Healthcare are looking at how to roll out this service to all patients across its network of 25 hospitals.

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For more information please contact:

Lisa Trybus
Spire Bushey Hospital
Tel: 020 8901 5518

Notes to editors:

Spire Healthcare is one of the leading independent hospital providers in the UK, with a 25 year heritage of customer service and clinical excellence. It was formed this year from the sale of BUPA Hospitals to leading private equity company Cinven.

Spire Healthcare has 25 hospitals across the UK, providing services for private and insured patients as well as NHS funded patients under the government’s Choose and Book scheme. It also offers cosmetic and weight-loss surgery.

Its hospitals carry out more than 160,000 in-patient and day-case treatments a year and work with over 3,000 consultants. It is proud to be the first independent hospital group to publish clinical outcome data.

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