New Treatment Let’s Paralyzed Patients Move Their Legs

Researchers at UCLA have done something they didn’t think was possible: without the use of surgery, they helped people with severe paralysis voluntarily move their legs — something that’s never been accomplished before. While it may be years before this new approach could be widely used, the researchers now think patients with severe spinal cord injuries may be able to … Read More

How a remarkable new technique allowed paralyzed men to move legs again

  In the 1990s, physiologist Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton met Christopher Reeve at a science convention. It was a few years after the actor best known for playing Superman had been severely injured during a horse riding competition, and Edgerton saw before him America’s icon of invincibility confined to a wheelchair. “It’s urgent,” Reeve told him. “Don’t just come into … Read More

Device Gets Legs Moving After Spinal Cord Injury

HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A noninvasive procedure might help people with paralysis move their legs without the need for surgery or implanted devices, new research suggests. The treatment approach is called transcutaneous stimulation, where a device delivers an electrical current to the spine through electrodes placed on the outside of the lower back. In a … Read More

Paralyzed patients move again with new, non-surgical stimulation

For the first time, doctors have found a way to help completely paralyzed patients regain voluntary movement — without surgery. A new technique called transcutaneous stimulation helped five paralyzed patients move their own legs after several weeks of gradually increased re-training using electrical stimulation, physical therapy and an experimental drug. This is another step in early research into how paralyzed … Read More

Spinal cord stimulation helps paralysed men move legs

New York, July 31 (IANS) A new non-invasive procedure that stimulates the spinal cord has been found successful in making five completely paralysed men move their legs in a rhythmic motion. This is believed to be the first time voluntary leg movements have ever been re-learned in completely paralysed patients without surgery. “These findings tell us we have to look … Read More