Various surfaces and walking ability in individuals with spinal cord injury

Takeaway

  • Incorporating walking training on a walking track with different surfaces (WTDS) could be an alternative rehabilitation strategy for individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI).

Why this matters ?

  • Walking training over a flat, smooth, and firm surface, which is commonly used for people with incomplete SCI to improve their walking ability, is different from what they experience in real-life situations.

  • Current evidence shows that after discharge more than half of ambulatory individuals with SCI experience falls in their homes or communities and various surfaces, which people with SCI commonly encounter in their daily living, have detrimental effects on the functional outcomes and safety of these individuals.

  • The findings of this study suggest that using various surfaces during the walking training as part of the rehabilitation strategy for people with chronic SCI could be used to promote their functional independence and minimize falls risk.