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Upper Extremity/Treadmill/Exoskeleton Training and Spinal Cord Stimulation in SCI

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.

Duration

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. 
Inclusion Criteria

All Participants:

  • 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. 
Compensation

There is no payment for participation in this study. 

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Spinal Cord Injury
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