wow, Walking" Function In Child With Chronic, Severe Spinal Cord Injury, first time i heard this, sounds great.

New Study Shows That Locomotor Training Restores "Walking" Function In Child With Chronic, Severe Spinal Cord Injury

Main Category: Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy
Also Included In: Neurology / Neuroscience; Pediatrics / Children's Health
Article Date: 04 Jun 2008 - 4:00 PDT

New research shows that a non-ambulatory (unable to walk or stand) child with a cervical spinal cord injury was able to restore basic walking function after intensive locomotor training. The study, published in Physical Therapy (May 2008), the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), evaluated the effects of locomotor training in a 4 ½ year-old-boy, who had no ability to walk following a gunshot wound sixteen months earlier.

"Every standard clinical evaluation conducted on this child indicated that he would not regain the ability to stand or walk," said Dr Andrea L Behrman, PT, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Florida and APTA spokesperson. Dr Behrman, the lead author of the study, observes. "This study is significant in that it shows that a severely injured spinal cord may be retrained." But, Dr Behrman cautions that, while this is a significant step in the right direction, not all children with severe spinal cord injuries will benefit from this type of treatment or have the same results.