Published online Sep 18, 2018. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v9.i9.112
Peer-review started: April 3, 2018
First decision: June 5, 2018
Revised: July 2, 2018
Accepted: July 10, 2018
Article in press: July 10, 2018
Published online: September 18, 2018
Core tip: Robotic exoskeletons have emerged as rehabilitation tool for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). Clinical evidence related to applications of exoskeletons is still lacking considering their prohibitive cost. Clinical trials are currently underway to address some of these limitations and to maximize their benefits in different rehabilitation settings. Exoskeletons have the potential to revolutionize rehabilitation following SCI; however, it is still premature to make solid recommendations about their clinical use after SCI. The current mini-review highlights the basic applications and limitations as well as future directions regarding applications and exoskeletons.