People who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) or dysfunction may benefit from locomotor training, an activity-based therapy. Locomotor training is a type of therapy to help improve and recover your walking movement through challenged practice and lower extremity weight bearing.

You may benefit from therapy to recover locomotor abilities if you're experiencing:

  • Impaired movement and sensations (impaired neurological body functions)
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty participating in activities of daily living

Locomotor training for spinal cord injury care at Mayo Clinic

March 19, 2015
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Locomotor training for spinal cord injury