Spinal injuries are devastating. A new study has researchers excited, though. In the study, rats with paralyzed hind legs learned to walk again on their own after working through an intense training course. Through the course, researchers used electrical stimulation to the brain and to the spine.
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Stimulation Leads to Walking
Though the recent data on the improvement of muscle control through a program like this is not new, it was tested at a more extensive and comprehensive manner through this Swiss research team. Technology using this information is in the works that will allow the team to test their research on humans.
The medical journal, Science, published the report on May 21, 2012. What it offers is stunning – a demonstration that completes rehabilitation after damage to the spinal cord is possible. In the study, numerous rats were able to walk again after the spending weeks developing the skills to do so through the program of stimulation and training.
The New York Times quoted Dr. Vineeta Singh, from the San Francisco General Hospital and University of California, San Francisco saying the following. “This is a very exciting study, and my first thought is that it is a proof of principle for treating spinal cord injuries from a wide variety of conditions, including cancer or even multiple sclerosis.” She continued, “There’s a huge potential to refine this model to mimic more humanlike conditions.”
Will This Help You?
It is important to note that the type of injuries the rats suffered did not severe the entire spinal column but did damage it enough to be similar to what occurs in many humans – up to 33 percent of those who suffer a debilitating blow to the spinal column.
The training involved forces the brain to use the remaining neural system to do the work at hand. The goal of the program involves hard work combined with sustained stimulation. In this case, scientists found a 300 percent increase in the new connections formed between the brain stem and the injury area. This could mean full recovery for many of those suffering from disabling conditions.
Personal Injury Cases
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