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Asymmetric lower-limb bone loss after spinal cord injury: Case report

Alison M. Lichy, PT, DPT, NCS; Suzanne Groah, MD, MPH

Osteoporosis (bone loss) is a significant secondary condition that occurs rapidly after spinal cord injury (SCI). In this study, we report on a 32-year- old Caucasian male whose 13-foot fall resulted in an SCI. He received inpatient and outpatient rehabili- tation, including 3 months of robotic body-weight- supported treadmill training three times a week. The patient regained more strength and function in one leg than the other. At 1.5 years after his injury, the weaker leg showed less weight bearing during walking and was osteoporotic compared with the stronger leg. These results are important for understanding treatment goals and precautions following an SCI.

Volume 49 Number 2, 2012
   Pages 221 — 226


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Lichy AM, Groah S. Asymmetric lower-limb bone loss after spinal cord injury: Case report. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(2):221–26.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.03.0048
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