New Spinal Cord Treatment Lets Paralyzed Man Stand for the First Time in Years

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on New Spinal Cord Treatment Lets Paralyzed Man Stand for the First Time in Years

Source:  https://futurism.com / by Karla Lant


Researchers at the Mayo Clinic successfully used intense physical therapy and electrical stimulation on the spinal cord to help a patient stand, intentionally move his paralyzed legs, and make step-like motions. These were the first movements the patient had experienced in his legs in three years.

26-year-old Jered Chinnock injured his spinal cord at the sixth thoracic vertebrae three years ago. He could not move or feel anything lower than the middle of his back, and was diagnosed with a motor complete spinal cord injury.

At the outset of the study, Chinnock underwent 22 weeks of physical therapy with three training sessions per week. His training goal was to prepare his muscles so they would be strong enough to attempt the physical tasks while his spinal cord was being stimulated.

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