Category: Neuromuscular Stimulator

Spinal Neurostimulator

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a neurostimulation device to restore motor function in individuals with spinal cord injury—specifically individuals with paraplegia. Funded through the National Institutes of Health and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation researchers succeeded in restoring considerable movement to a paraplegic man’s paralyzed legs using a Medtronic stimulator. The Medtronic stimulator provides continual direct “epidural electrical stimulation” of the lower spinal cord to mimic the signals that the brain normally sends to initiate movement. Use of the Medtronic stimulator, with extensive rehabilitation and training sessions, shows great promise with the man with paraplegia being able to stand on his own for four minutes, voluntarily move his toes, ankles, knees and hips on command, and make repeated stepping motions on a treadmill. There is still much research to be done; however, the use of neurostimulation has been commercially approved for lower back pain and now shows great promise for restoring mobility in individuals with spinal cord injury and in individuals with stroke, Parkinson’s, and other disorders affecting motor function. AUTHOR: Scott Jung. TITLE: Spinal Neurostimulation Helps Paraplegic Man Stand, Step, and Move Legs. WEBSITE: medGadget. REF:


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