Pilot program for rehabilitation therapy wrapping up, with hopeful results
A test program to provide people who can't access private therapy with an exercise regime is wrapping up in a few weeks, with hopeful results that could see it continue.
The program, Next Step, is offered by the Saskatoon Health Region and helps clients recovering from neurological conditions and spinal injuries who continue to have reduced mobility. The clients have completed a standard eight-weeks of physiotherapy but may benefit from additional exercise.
With Next Step, they have access to specialized exercise equipment that can improve their condition.
"People are making physical and functional gains," Arlene Brandt, the region's manager of rehabilitation services, told CBC News Thursday. "Some of these people have not experienced those gains in years. So that's really promising."
Dani Hay, who has Multiple Sclerosis, says the program has made a big difference.
"It loosens things up and it stretched out muscles that tightened up in my legs and stuff like that," Hay said. "So I don't know if I'm going to walk but I think I will."
The Health Region will analyze data from the six-month test program and decide if it should be made permanent.
Next Step is set to wrap up at the end of the June.
With files from CBC's Steve Pasqualotto