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Spinal Cord Injury Center, Research

Lower Extremities

Body weight supported overground gait training to promote recovery of walking function in chronic spinal cord injury: a randomized clinical trial

With the rope robot FLOAT we have the possibility to train body weight supported locomotion overground with patients with spinal cord injury in a large workspace where they can practice walking skills that are needed to be a functional walker in the real world. In this study we would like to investigate the benefits of gait training with FLOAT compared to conventional treadmill gait training in spinal cord injury patients.

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Effects of Transcutaneous Spinal Cord Stimulation on Residual Voluntary Motor Control in Individuals with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury


Transcutaneous electrical spinal cord stimulation is suggested as method to improve voluntary movement after a spinal cord injury. If the effects can be further proved, the method could be used as a therapy assisting technique in locomotor rehabilitation.


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Mapping of locomotor function (MALT)


The aim of this project is to answer the question how rehabilitation treatment is tailored, with the intention to reveal a possible causality between lower extremity function improvements and adaptations in therapy treatment. We intend to achieve this by monitoring and analyzing the intensity, frequency and content of interventions in the physiotherapy sessions. Physical therapy interventions during acute in-patient rehabilitation of iSCI patients (AIS B, C, D all lesion levels) are recorded using a specified therapy intervention form, modified from the SCI – Intervention Classification System. Mobility, demographics and clinical data are retrieved from the EMSCI database. The data acquisition in this multicenter study is obtained by a digital application, in which the therapy intervention form is embedded. In this way, an efficient and thorough therapy monitoring can be ensured.