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Trunk Control & Posture

A Neuroprosthesis for Seated Posture and Balance

Diagram for the Seated Posture and Balance system

  • To define the feasibility for an implanted system designed specifically to provide trunk stability, seated postural control and essential bed mobility in individuals with spinal cord injuries.
  • Determine the physical and functional effects of stabilizing the torso with neural stimulation applied to paralyzed trunk and pelvic musculature.

Objective: The purpose of this research is to determine the physical and functional effects of activating the trunk and hip musculature with neural stimulation on pulmonary function, spinal alignment, distribution of interface pressures, ability to provide the proximal stability required for both uni- and bi-manual activities, and subjective perceptions of effort and satisfaction.

Detailed program information and criteria available at:

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Principal Investigator: Ronald Triolo, Ph.D.
Clinical Contact: Lisa Lombardo, MPT
Contact Number: (216) 791-3800 x64909
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