Locomotor Training for Spinal Cord Injury

1 What is a Locomotor Training for Spinal Cord Injury?

An activity-based therapy that is used for people who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) or dysfunction is called locomotor training.

This therapy helps you recover and improve your walking movement through challenged practice and lower extremity weight bearing.

You may benefit from this if you are experiencing:

  • Difficulty in walking.
  • Difficulty participating in activities.
  • Impaired sensations or movements or impaired neurological body functions.

2 Reasons for Procedure

Even if the primary reason of locomotor training for spinal cord injury is to be able to walk, many individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) do not regain their ability to walk.

The use of this therapy is designed to provide sensory information associated with locomotion to improve stepping and walking in adults after spinal cord injury.

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3 Potential Risks

There are no risks associated with locomotor training for spinal cord injury.

4 Preparing for your Procedure

There are no special preparations before locomotor training for spinal cord injury.

5 What to Expect

Here you can find out what to expect from your locomotor training for spinal cord injury.

Your therapist will discuss with you about how this therapy works.

He may suggest these devices such as:

  • Body weight support treadmill training
  • Body weight support over ground training
  • Over ground activities such as standing or walking
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • A robot-assisted body weight support treadmill system or Lokomat

The training will be based on your special needs. Your therapist may also suggest occupational therapy, physical therapy or recreational therapy.

6 Procedure Results

If you do not understand your locomotor training for spinal cord injury results, consult with your doctor.

More research about this training is required. There is limited evidence of the effectiveness of locomotor training.

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