Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: Balance, gait, and falls in spinal cord injury
Authors: Wirz, Markus
van Hedel, Hubertus
Published in: Balance, gait, and falls
Editors of the parent work: Day, Brian L.
Lord, Stephen R.
Pages: 367
Pages to: 384
Issue Date: 2018
Series: Handbook of clinical neurology
Series volume: 159
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISBN: 978-0-444-63916-5
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 617: Surgery
Abstract: This chapter covers balance, gait, and falls in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) from a clinical perspective. First, the consequences of an SCI on functioning are explained, including etiology, clinical presentation, classification, and epidemiologic data. Then, the specific aspects of balance disorders, gait disorders, and falls are discussed with respect to motor complete (cSCI) and incomplete (iSCI) SCI. Typically, these activities are affected by impaired afferent and efferent nerves, but not by central nervous processing. Performance of daily life activities in cSCI depends on the ability to control the interaction between the center of mass and the base of support or limits of stability. In iSCI, impaired proprioception and muscle strength are important factors for completing balancing tasks and for walking. Falls are common in patients with SCI. Subsequent sections describe therapy approaches aimed at modifying balance, gait, and the risk for falls by means of therapeutic exercises, assistive devices like robots or functional electric stimulation, and environmental adaptations. The last part covers recent developments and future directions. These encompass interventions for maximizing residual neural function and regeneration of axons, as well as technical solutions like epidural or intraspinal electric stimulation, powered exoskeletons, and brain computer interfaces.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
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