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Spinal Cord Injury

spinal cord graphic Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is a relatively frequent event; estimates suggest that 12,500 new cases of SCI occur every year in the US alone. In the US, approximately 276,000 persons living with SCI, which has a huge impact on their lives and families, and has tremendous socioeconomic and medical costs. The main causes for SCI are motor vehicle accidents (38%), falls (30%), acts of violence (14%) and sports injuries (9%) ( National SCI Database).

The type and degree of disability that is caused by SCI is determined by the location and extent of the injury. Spinal cord tissue is damaged in the injury process and this damage is occurring in two steps. The initial damage, the primary injury is caused by the mechanical trauma to the spinal cord during the accident. This is followed by the secondary injury, which is caused by a number of events including hemorrhage and inflammation.

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AT Boot Camp: Assistive Technology Education and Training for Individuals with SCI to Promote Quality of Life and Independent Living

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients will work with their rehabilitative team to practice using the technology equipment. Increased potential to return to work, leisure/recreation activities, and improved quality of life. Improved access technology through home set up. Each participant will be provided with a $200 stipend towards the purchase of assistive technology devices upon the completion of 8 sessions.

ReWalk Robotics to study the use of exoskeletons at home and in the community

Spinal Cord Injury level T7to L5, age 18 or older, height between 5'3"-6'2", and Weigh 220 lbs or less. Qualifying participants will receive up to $4,000 for study completion and device training by a qualified Physical Therapist.

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