Freeclaim Solicitors : Paralysed Men Move again

Freeclaim Serious Injury Solicitors take a look at the pioneering work the teams at the University of Louisville and University of California have been doing to help paralysed men move again.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Sunday, April 27, 2014

They will tell you that the stimulation itself and being able to practise and move around makes them feel a lot better, some of them will just describe it as feeling alive again.

Freeclaim Serious Injury Solicitors take a look at the pioneering work the teams at the University of Louisville and University of California have been doing to help paralysed men move again.

Four paralysed men have been able to flex their toes, ankles and knees for the first time in years after researchers trial electrical stimulation of spinal cords.

The electrical device that weighs just 72 grams and can be surgically implanted emits an electrical current at varying frequencies and intensities, helping the spinal cord to receive simple commands from the brain.

Able to move their legs for the first time in years, the four men in the US are the first test subjects in what experts are saying could become a treatment for spinal injury.

According to a report in the journal Brain, electricity is said to make the spinal cord more receptive to the few messages still arriving from the brain.

Rob Summers – an avid baseball player in the US was paralysed from the chest down due to a hit and run accident. Summers was the first person to benefit from such tests three years ago, able to move his legs whilst supported on a treadmill due to the implant, the results paved the way for 3 more patients to benefit from such trials.

Researchers found that 3 men who had been paralysed for at least two years, regained movement with this implant which Dr.Claudia Angeli from the University of Lousville said was remarkable for patients morale. Speaking to the BBC she said :"They will tell you that the stimulation itself and being able to practise and move around makes them feel a lot better, some of them will just describe it as feeling alive again.

Muscle mass increases significantly and they’ve all shown changes in bowel and bladder [function] as well"
Researchers suspect that based on these results, patients with spinal cord damage will be able to “work toward stepping” in the future as this kind of stimulation technology improves.

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