The purpose of this research is to examine the effectiveness of back or spine stimulation while walking on a treadmill or walking over ground using an exoskeleton or on muscle activation while sitting on a chair.
Participants will be pleased in one of two groups:
- Group 1: Will receive transutaneous lumbosacral (or back) electrical stimulation while walking using an exoskeleton device called an EKSO for up to 60 training sessions (each session is 2 hours).
- Group 2: Will walk on a treadmill with transcutaneous spine electrical stimulation for up to 60 training sessions (each session is 2 hours).
- Some participants will receive stimulation on their back while in a seated position for up to 8 training sessions. They will complete hand exercises with and without the stimulation test.
- At least 18 years of age.
- Weigh 250 lbs or less
Individuals with SCI:
- 18-65 years of age.
- At least 6 months post injury.
- Level of injury is C5-T10.
- Wheelchair reliant 100% of the time.
- Have knee bone mineral density greater than .5755gm/cm2 as determined by study staff.
There is no payment for participation in this study.