The rehabilitation of spinal cord injury patients in Europe

Giorgio Scivoletto, Massimo Miscusi, Stefano Forcato, Luca Ricciardi, Mariano Serrao, Roberto Bellitti, Antonino Raco

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In Western European countries there is an incidence of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) of 16 to 19.4 new cases per million inhabitants per year. Since World War II, European physicians have been fundamental in the development of SCI medicine, starting from Sir Ludwig Guttman, who developed the idea of the integrated treatment of these patients. More recently, scientists from Germany and Switzerland have developed a new rehabilitative approach, Body Weight Support Treadmill Training, based on the concept of activity-based therapy and aimed at restoring walking in SCI patients. This review highlights issues concerning different organizational systems and health policies within and outside Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationActa Neurochirurgica, Supplementum
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Wien
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

Publication series

NameActa Neurochirurgica, Supplementum
ISSN (Print)0065-1419
ISSN (Electronic)2197-8395


  • Historical perspective
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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