At Mayo, pioneering steps toward helping paralyzed patients

His face flushed from the effort, Jered Chinnock straightened his back after a therapist helped position his feet on the floor of a Mayo Clinic hospital lab. He paused, concentrating, before he gently loosened his grip on the metal railing at his side. “Nice control!” a physical therapist encouraged him as he recently stood perfectly still, everyone in the room … Read More

Spinal Cord Stimulation Helps Paralyzed People Move Their Hands

NIH-funded study is the first to use technique in the upper body Two people with quadriplegia improved voluntary movement and use of their hands following electrical stimulation of their spinal cords, according to a new study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. The method used is called epidural stimulation, in which a device implanted on the surface … Read More

Spinal Cord Stimulation Helps Paralyzed People Move Hands

In past research, electrical stimulation of the lower spinal cord, combined with motor training, allowed patients who were paralyzed below the chest because of spinal cord injuries to regain some voluntary movement of their legs. A team led by Dr. Daniel Lu at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), set out to test whether epidural stimulation could restore some … Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Pollock stands for the first time since paralysis

Adventurer Mark Pollock, who was paralysed following an accident in 2010, has stood up on his own for the first time. Pollock has been taking part in a research study at Trinity College Dublin where scientists have been attaching electrodes to his back via patches to stimulate his nervous system, and on November 10th 2015 he was able to stand unassisted … Read More

Five Paralyzed Men Move Their Legs Again in a UCLA Study

The five men had each been paralyzed below the waist for at least two years. Some had suffered sports injuries; others had been in car accidents. Their legs were completely motionless, unresponsive to any internal or external stimuli. But, during a groundbreaking new study conducted at UCLA, all five men moved their legs with the aid of transcutaneous stimulation, or the … Read More

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