Approximately 100,000 veterans have spinal cord injury (SCI), with an ever increasing number exhibiting incomplete versus complete paralysis. This single-subject study quantified both the therapeutic effects of incorporating an implanted functional electrical stimulation (FES) system into a gait rehabilitation program for an individual with chronic incomplete SCI and the prosthetic effects of using FES interactively during walking. Overground gait training with the implanted FES system significantly improved volitional function over baseline prerehabilitation values. Significant additional improvements to ambulatory function over maximal voluntary function were made possible by continued FES assistance throughout the gait cycle.
Volume 47 Number 1, 2010
Pages 7 — 16