|Title:||Effectiveness of automated locomotor training in patients with acute incomplete spinal cord injury : a randomized controlled multicenter trial|
|Authors :||Wirz, Markus|
|Published in :||Journal of Neurtrauma|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution :||Mary Ann Liebert|
|License (according to publishing contract) :||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Type of review:||Peer review (Publication)|
|Subjects :||Walking; Spinal cord injuries; Exercise therapy|
|Subject (DDC) :||615.82: Physical therapy |
|Abstract:||The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the effect of longer training times (50 instead of 25 min per day) using a robotic device results in a better outcome of walking ability of subjects with a subacute motor complete (American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale [AIS]-B) and incomplete (AIS-C) spinal cord injury. Twenty-one patients were enrolled in the study, whereof 18 completed, on average, 34 trainings in 8 weeks. Longer training times resulted in better locomotor function. The second important result of the study is that a beneficial effect can be achieved by the application of a robotic device for prolonged training sessions without requiring more personal resources. It has to remain open whether even longer training times (more than 50 min) would result in a still better outcome. In any case, the extent of possible recovery in an individual patient is determined by the level and severity of spinal cord damage.|
|Organisational Unit:||Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)|
|Publication type:||Article in scientific Journal|
|Appears in Collections:||Publikationen Gesundheit|
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