Assistant Professor Virginia Commonwealth University
Advancements in rehabilitation technologies address a wide array of sensory, motor and autonomic rehabilitation after SCI. Knowledge about these technological advancements is key to prescribe an effective plan of care for persons with SCI. Robotic exoskeletons, epidural stimulation, transspinal stimulation, and virtual reality have emerged as successful rehabilitation tools that can promote improvement in motor functions, locomotion, and pain control following SCI. This symposium will summarize basic research findings regarding these therapeutic tools, which may facilitate translational applications in the field of SCI.
Upon completion, participants will be able to distinguish among different neuromodulatory approach to improve motor recovery and level of physical activity.
Understand the role of robotic exoskeleton as a platform to enhance motor recovery with and without different neuromodulatory approaches.
Upon completion, participants will be understand the current and future role of VR-mediated interventions for spinal cord injury.
Discuss promising strategies to preserve and restore upper limb function.