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Electrical stimulation restores patients’ ability to walk after spinal cord injury — Advanced Science News

Monday, 28 November, 2022

Electrical stimulation restores patients’ ability to walk after spinal cord injury — Advanced Science News

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have successfully applied electrical stimulation to the lower, or lumbar, spine of nine individuals with chronic spinal cord injury, restoring their ability to walk.

In cases of severe injury, communication between the brain and neurons in the spine gets cut off, “scattering this exquisitely organized communication system,” wrote the researchers in their study. There are currently no effective therapies capable of restoring this channel of communication, although electrical stimulation has been shown to bring back some neurological function in some cases.

Read more at: https://www.advancedsciencenews.com/electrical-stimulation-restores-patients-ability-to-walk-after-spinal-cord-injury/

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