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Three paralyzed people walk after nerve stimulation

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posted on Nov, 6 2018 @ 09:06 PM
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Journal Science

Three men paralyzed by spinal cord injury can now walk with the support of crutches or a walker thanks to an experimental nerve stimulation therapy, Science News reports. The new results are the latest in a string of successes for a rehabilitation approach that electrically stimulates neurons in the spinal cord to reestablish the communication between the legs and the brain.


This kind of breakthrough technology has many implications for those with mobility impairments related to spinal or nerve damage. This neurotechnology is highly focused and requires a few rounds of treatments, but its effectiveness cannot be understated here.

Targeted neurotechnology restores walking in humans with spinal cord injury (Journal Nature) Research Article


Within one week, this spatiotemporal stimulation had re-established adaptive control of paralysed muscles during overground walking. Locomotor performance improved during rehabilitation. After a few months, participants regained voluntary control over previously paralysed muscles without stimulation and could walk or cycle in ecological settings during spatiotemporal stimulation. These results establish a technological framework for improving neurological recovery and supporting the activities of daily living after spinal cord injury.


This says it all right there. There is a technological framework by which we can expand treatments of spinal cord injury patients. In my personal opinion, it also heralds a new day in the treatment of nerve damage. Something that greatly affects me every day.

I have a spinal injury from my service in the army. I spend most of my days in quite a bit of pain, and there are times when I lose the ability to walk for several hours up to a day or two. I hope that once the damage is repaired to the structure of my spinal column, this technology or something similar could help me regain control and repair damage.




posted on Nov, 6 2018 @ 09:14 PM
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Kick ass, I love hearing about stuff like this! I wonder if this could pave the way to head transplants.



posted on Nov, 6 2018 @ 09:17 PM
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a reply to: bananashooter

That's an interesting question.

I do believe there is a research team working on making the first head transplant happen this year.



posted on Nov, 6 2018 @ 09:46 PM
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Give my company 10 years and immobility from injury will be history.



posted on Nov, 6 2018 @ 09:48 PM
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So, having a paralyzed person hold the plug wire of a lawnmower to test if the coil works can help them walk again?



posted on Nov, 6 2018 @ 09:53 PM
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a reply to: projectvxn

Election and all, this is the best news I heard all day!

Good time to be alive. Cyborg body here we come.
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posted on Nov, 7 2018 @ 01:00 AM
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originally posted by: SR1TX
Give my company 10 years and immobility from injury will be history.


Let us know more about this..all manner of research has been done for a friend of mine..the best so far for certain issues has been Dr.Scott Rosa...more info if possible.



posted on Nov, 7 2018 @ 01:02 AM
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a reply to: projectvxn

Fantastic...things appear to have been on the horizon for some time now..we all need too see meaningful updates.



posted on Nov, 7 2018 @ 01:11 AM
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S&F

Good stuff, I know they have been working on this for some time. My ex is quadriplegic, so I know the struggles



posted on Nov, 7 2018 @ 04:33 AM
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a reply to: projectvxn

This is great news! I've always been interested in this subject and have waited for years to hear of better treatments for paralysis.

I thought they were close to healing nerve damage several years ago when they could sever a rats spine and repair it and see it return to somewhat normal. That's been more than a few years ago now though, maybe even 10.



posted on Nov, 7 2018 @ 04:44 AM
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Well this is odd!
Saw a specialist surgeon last week, and another tomorrow about trialing one of these units in my spinal cord. At first it will be a 6 day max trial where they will put the wire in beside my spinal cord and run the wires out to a fancy machine that we can tweak frequencies and stuff like that.
If all goes well, I'll be getting one put in permanently - battery and all (which I forgot to ask how do I charge it!) and a device to wirelessly adjust the settings. But I have a couple of big ifs.
There is some doubt at this stage still whether they can safely get it installed in my back as my tumour hasn't left much room for it to pass through the gap between my spinal cord and vertebra, so they are concerned about doing more damage.

I'm also scared shirtless to let another doc into my back again because the last surgeon kind of ruined my life and left me in a wheelchair. However, its 14 years later and I have a new set of docs who seem pretty good.


But the other weird thing was my daughter sent me this article this morning, which has us all excited about the possibilities for the future. I am really just after the pain to stop which is why the surgeons are offering this, but walking again would be impossible to put into words how incredible that kind of outcome would be.

Anyway, crossing my fingers for what they decide to do if I can go ahead with it.

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Edit. Ok, darn. Just finished reading the full paper in Nature and from what I'm reading, the procedure I'm getting is a single wire along my spinal cord, whereas in this study they are using more of a paddle arrangement at precise positions along the spinal cord and can trigger each pad independently to achieve the locomotion. Oh well, great for those guys in the study! But not quite what I'm getting installed, but hey if it blocks my pain that's a win in my book, I'll be happy with that.


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posted on Nov, 7 2018 @ 06:56 AM
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originally posted by: ParasuvO
a reply to: projectvxn

Fantastic...things appear to have been on the horizon for some time now..we all need too see meaningful updates.


I am going to bring to the forefront, the synapses links till now have been difficult to product for people due to the body rejecting the implants.

This will all change. There will be no one suffering from paralyses, so help me God.




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