Partial Weight Bearing
An earlier class of partial weight bearing devices sometimes called lifts is in wide usage in professional physical therapy settings. The best of these devices have many of the same features as the Up n’ Go. They can support the user when moving from sitting to standing and provide constant support while allowing the user to raise and lower their hips when walking to achieve a normal gait. These devices are quite large and typically are used in conjunction with a treadmill.
Comparing to the Up n’ Free
The most startling difference between lifts and the Up n’ Free is the size of the devices. The Up n’ Free weighs twenty pounds and moves to match the user’s movement. This significantly reduced size allows the Up n’ Free to provide much more flexibility not only in therapy, where bulky treadmills can be avoided, but also in the home where it can actually fit through doors and narrow hallways. Thus a user can progress from therapy to home use while retaining the same support capability. A further important difference is that the Up n’ Free sells for about a third of the price of most lifts. As a result it provides an economical alternative in the professional setting and a sensible price for the home user.