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Forward stair descent with hybrid neuroprosthesis after paralysis: Single case study demonstrating feasibility

Thomas C. Bulea, PhD, et al.

This work will benefit individuals with lower-limb paralysis from spinal cord injury. A new intervention for restoring mobility to a person with a thoracic-level injury is presented. The device combines an implanted electrical stimulation system with an external, controllable brace. This study demonstrates that it is possible to descend stairs using electrically stimulated muscles with this new intervention. Future work will focus on improving the system to enable more consistent and reliable stair descent with an aim toward restoring seamless mobility for individuals with lower-limb paralysis.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.12.0257

Volume 51 Number 7, 2014
   Pages 1077 — 1094


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Bulea TC, Kobetic R, Audu ML, Schnellenberger JR, Pinault G, Triolo RJ. Forward stair descent with hybrid neuroprosthesis after paralysis: Single case study demonstrating feasibility. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(7):1077–94.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.12.0257
ResearcherID/ORCID: Musa L. Audu, PhD: H-3251-2014; Ronald J. Triolo, PhD: H-3712-2014
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