Rehabilitation After Spinal Cord Injury: Which Method Is Better for
Improving Walking and Balance?

This NIH funded study tests methods that may improve walking in people with incomplete spinal cord injury. The study compares the "body weight support (BWS)" method of training on a treadmill, versus BWS training on a track, versus comprehensive physical therapy. Subjects are randomly assigned to one of these three training groups, and train three times a week for an hour each session, for a total of thirteen weeks.

The total commitment for each subject will be about fourteen weeks, because of some pre- and post-testing that is necessary, and will all take place in the lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Blair Calancie, PhD, is the principal investigator, and began the study three years ago under "The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis," at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Participation is open to men and women 16-70 years old, with a traumatic, incomplete spinal cord injury at the T10 level or above, from greater than one year previously. Subjects must have some voluntary movement in one leg. For more information, please call Rosemary Merola at (315) 464-9943, or send and e-mail to merolar@upstate.edu.