Recovery of Function in Major Spinal Cord Injury Using Spinal Stimulation and Assistive Robotics

Joel Burdick1

  • 1California Institute of Technology

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11:30 - 12:45 | Tue 30 May | Room 4211/4212 | TuSP2

Special Session on Emerging Robotics Technology - Part II

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Approximately 5,000,000 worldwide suffer from a serious spinal cord injury (SCI). Not only do the injured lose the ability to stand and walk (and sometimes move their arms), they suffer from additional injury-induced complications including loss of bladder and bowel control, decreased cardiovascular and pulmonary health, inability to regulate body temperature, and loss of muscle strength and bone density. The totality of the injury and its secondary dysfunctions makes daily activities of living a challenge. Because the median age of SCI in the U.S. is 32 years, SCI individuals amass an additional $1.4-$4.2 million in healthcare costs over their lifetimes.

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