Use of a modified tilt table for preambulation strength training as an adjunct to burn rehabilitation: a case series

J Burn Care Rehabil. 2003 Mar-Apr;24(2):97-103. doi: 10.1097/01.BCR.0000054172.81638.BF.


Because of the system-wide complications that arise with prolonged bed rest, early mobilization plays a critical role in the recovery process, especially in the patient with significant burn injury. Unfortunately, early mobilization of patients with severe burns can be a difficult and uncontrolled task and often requires several people to lift a patient to a standing position. This article describes the use of a modified tilt table that allows patients to perform a weight-bearing exercise, such as an inclined squat, in a gravity-reduced environment. Use of the modified tilt table may offer a more suitable therapeutic option when treating critically ill patients by providing a safe and controlled transition from bed rest to ambulation. Perhaps most importantly, the table appears to provide psychological benefits by empowering the patient to take more of an active role during the early stage of recovery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Burns / rehabilitation*
  • Early Ambulation / instrumentation*
  • Early Ambulation / methods*
  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tilt-Table Test / instrumentation*
  • Tilt-Table Test / methods*
  • Weight-Bearing