Stimulator for spinal cord that help a paralyzed man to move his legs

Paralysis is the disease that resists our body from reacting and to do some basic body movements. It basically disables the functioning of the body parts on a temporary or permanent basis. The basic cause of this neurological or non-functioning of a specific body part can be multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and stroke.

Researchers at Mayo Clinic developed an electrical stimulator that can be integrated with the spinal cord. This development gave a paralyzed man a new hope of living the life normally. It helped the man in making the movement in his legs and made some basic motion after three years.

The patient on whom it was treated was a 26-year-old paralyzed patient who was paralyzed since three years when in an accident his spinal cord got seriously injured at the 6 thoracic vertebras which loosed the senses below the torso.

“We’re truly impatient since our outcome went beyond our hope,” stated by the director of the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory and neurosurgeon—Dr. Kendall Lee in a press release. The achievement is just a basic finding the patient is still making a great progress, he clarified.

 

There was physical therapy conducted for 22 weeks and the subject was the paralyzed patient itself.  This therapy assisted the patient in preparing himself for the movement during the spinal cord simulation. The research cleared the picture that the patient’s dormant connections might be still intact. Later the patient underwent a surgery to implant an electrode in the epidural space close to the spinal cord that was just below the injury. The control was integrated with a computer controlled device that transmits electrical signals to the assembled mechanism in the spinal cord which as a result helped the man to generate a movement below the skin in the abdomen.

The post-therapy patient was able to repeat the similar process that was included in the therapy such as moving leg while lying, make the motion like stepping, standing with a partial support and utilizing the bars for balance.

While this is just an early result, Mayo clinic is relentlessly trying to discover new innovation that can help the medical industry.

Ankit Kadam is a content writer working at Medical Device News. He is in the professional writing business since 1 year. He has hands on experience in writing product description, technological reviews, and marketing materials. He earns to travel and lives to explore. He can be reached at ankit@medicaldevicenews.net