Title: Effectiveness of automated locomotor training in patients with acute incomplete spinal cord injury : a randomized controlled multicenter trial
Authors : Wirz, Markus
Mach, Orpheus
Maier, Doris
Benito-Penalva, Jesus
Taylor, Julian
Esclarin, Ana
Dietz, Volker
Published in : Journal of Neurtrauma
Volume(Issue) : 34
Issue : 10
Pages : 1891
Pages to: 1896
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Mary Ann Liebert
Issue Date: 15-May-2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Walking; Spinal cord injuries; Exercise therapy
Subject (DDC) : 615.82: Physical therapy
617: Surgery
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.
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1089/neu.2016.4643
ISSN: 0897-7151
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/12028
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