Locomotor Training

Despite some success with bracing, Mrs. Miller finds it cumbersome to don/doff the braces on her own. It is her goal to be completely independent with ambulation, and she would like to pursue other interventions with her physiotherapist that may help her to achieve this goal, without relying on bracing.
Q15. What is the effect of interventions which improve lower limb strength and walking ability?
1. Locomotor training programs are beneficial in improving lower limb muscle strength although in acute SCI similar strength benefits can be obtained with conventional rehabilitation.
2. The benefits of locomotor training on muscle strength may be realized when it is combined with conventional therapy.
3. This should be further explored in acute, incomplete SCI where better functional outcomes may be realized with the combination of therapies.
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