Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

David Rosenblum, MD


People with spinal cord injury are at increased risk for developing heart disease due to chronic immobility and deconditioning. Historically, the standard treatment for this population hasn’t focused on long-term health or cardiovascular fitness. Recent advancements in robotic exoskeleton leg technology now allow this patient population to stand upright and walk, which if done regularly could have a lasting positive impact on cardiovascular health. Currently, there is no conclusive data available regarding the impact of these robotic legs on lipid profiles, a known risk factor for heart disease. We will perform a randomized control trial to determine if there is a statistically significant difference in lipid profiles over 3 months in the patient group who receive the standard rehabilitative care in addition to exercising with exoskeleton legs, compared to those who receive the standard care alone. This data may help inform the future rehabilitative care of spinal cord injury patients.