Although barely 11% of Americans are veterans, they represent 25% of all individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) in the United States. Paralysis resulting from SCI is a debilitating and costly condition that compromises the ability to take part in activities of daily living associated with an independent and productive lifestyle. Immobility resulting from SCI can cause degenerative changes in almost every major organ system, including the bones, joints, heart, lungs, and skin. Neuroprostheses that allow individuals to stand, exercise, and transfer have the potential to prevent or postpone medical complications and improve the functional independence of veterans.
Volume 49 Number 2, 2012
Pages 265 — 278
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