Over 25% of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) are veterans, and functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) has been proven effective in restoring basic mobility following paralysis. This article investigates a novel feedback controller for improving balance function following SCI using an implantable FNS standing system. The controller was developed and tested using a computer model of the human legs and trunk. Inclusion of feedback control improved balance function by 43% in the model. Future work will concentrate on customizing this control system for specific users and testing under live laboratory conditions.
Volume 49 Number 2, 2012
Pages 279 — 296
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