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Exoskeletal-Assisted Walking for Persons with Paralysis from Spinal Cord Injury

Wyss Institute
60 Oxford Street | Room 330
Cambridge, MA 02138
Thu., Sep. 14, 2017, 10 – 11 a.m.

Exoskeletal-Assisted Walking for Persons with Paralysis from Spinal Cord Injury

Paralysis from spinal cord injury (SCI) results in a cascade of mobility, functional, medical, emotional, and social problems. Once inpatient rehabilitation has been completed, people with SCI who are non-ambulators receive a wheelchair as standard of care. Since 2010, powered exoskeletons have become available to allow people with partial to complete motor paralyses to stand and walk over ground.  

Dr. Spungen has been investigating the effects of using an exoskeleton on the medical consequences of SCI since 2010. During this presentation, she will briefly review the secondary complications from SCI, appropriate candidates for use of these devices, the training regimes needed, and the results of adding walking to the life of a person who would otherwise be a wheelchair user and at the lowest end of the activity spectrum.

Gazette Classification: Lecture
Organization/Sponsor: Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Speaker(s): Ann M. Spungen, ED.D.
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Date: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 10:00