Monitoring gait kinematics during therapy of acute spinal cord injury (SCI) and stroke patients and formulate better predictors of recovery
The first few months after neurological insult such as spinal cord injury (SCI) or stroke, known as the acute stage, are the most critical to recovery. We propose that acquiring data during therapy, measuring both energy (effort) and performance, will more accurately predict clinical outcomes compared to initial level of impairment. Our goal is to examine how much and how well patients perform gait therapy in the acute phase by unobtrusively measuring 3D gait kinematics of patients throughout the entire therapy session over a total of 15 sessions. The results of this study will produce a far more comprehensive biomarker during acute therapy than previously attempted, as it monitors the entire therapy experience.