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Patient moves paralyzed legs with help from electrical stimulation of spinal cord | KurzweilAI

Patient moves paralyzed legs with help from electrical stimulation of spinal cord | KurzweilAI

Mayo Clinic researchers have used electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help Jared Chinnock intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand, and make steplike motions for the first time in three years. The chronic traumatic paraplegia case marks the first time a patient has intentionally controlled previously paralyzed functions within the first two weeks of stimulation.

The case was documented April 3, 2017 in an open-access paper in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The researchers say these results offer further evidence that a combination of this technology and rehabilitation may help patients with spinal cord injuries regain control over previously paralyzed movements, such as steplike actions, balance control, and standing.

Source: Patient moves paralyzed legs with help from electrical stimulation of spinal cord | KurzweilAI