It is estimated that there are 276,000 Americans who live with a spinal cord injury. Until now, many clinicians report little to no improvement after a year of suffering a spinal cord injury. However, according to the journal PLOS One, new research has shown that epidural stimulation can help spinal cord injury patients to initiate movement and even stand and bear weight even years after becoming paralyzed.
An epidural stimulator is a device that is implanted in the spinal cord of patients to help generate signals from the brain to the spinal cord to initiate movement. The studies have shown the epidural stimulation has helped paraplegics to sit and even stand with the help of electrical currents via electrodes on the spinal cord that the patients can control via a remote.
Researchers intend to continue studying the spinal cord and the mechanics of spinal cord simulations in hopes that further progress can be made to enhance recoveries early on and increase the quality of life for paraplegics.
A spinal cord injury may require long-term medical care, attendant care, home modifications, and rehabilitation. If you or a loved one suffers from a spinal injury due to the negligence of someone, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for the physical and emotional loss. For more information, call spinal cord injury attorneys at 1-888-BURNETTI or Click Here to fill out a free case review form.