Regaining The Ability To Walk In A Paralysis Man With Electrical Stimulation

Aaliya Satavelekar - Oct 31, 2018


Regaining The Ability To Walk In A Paralysis Man With Electrical Stimulation

Electrical simulation helps a man with paralyzed leg walk again. A life spending totally in a wheelchair is the sure definition of lower limb paralysis patients, if their spinal cord is damaged.

However, this diagnosis seems  not to last forever, since a new treatment is recently published: The ability to walk again after being immobilized for 5 years is regained with electrical invigoration to the spine of the 29-year-old patient, provided by a device.  

Revised Walking With Assistance Fotor

Step by step

As stated in a study that Nature Medicine has published on Monday, a new treatment was found.

After that, Mayo clinic, with the approval of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of pain relief, implanted an electrode in the patient’s back. They, then, could control the pulses released by the device, to electrical stimulation current to the patient’s spine.

Electrical stimulation helped a man with paralyzed legs walk again

Small walks

In 43 weeks of 113 physical therapy sessions, a variety of combinations of electrical invigoration and other stimulations have been tested.

Slowly, his legs could move, although the patient had to keep track of his movements through a mirror at first, because, their sensitiveness has not regained, and physicians ought to support him in standing and shifting the body weight.

Finally, he could take 331 steps with a front-wheeled walker, and sometimes need physicians’ helps. The length of steps he took was about 100 metres, or even longer than the distance of a football field’s ends.

His capability to walk decreased 50% if the device is shut down, which means the electrical stimulation is the main contributor to his walking retrieve.

First moves 

Electrical stimulation has helped regaining the walking ability in humans a lot of times, but the new research shows that their was not a coincident in that first instance.

That’s what we want to hear about. The not-so-bright news is that we do not have many clues to prove why their treatment functioned the way it did.

Next, we are going to dig deeper into that problem, to see if this stimulation could have the same effects on other paralysis, Lee said in the interview.

As the physicians and neurosurgeons have begun their attempts to it by an implantation of the device in one or more other patients, the results are not yet to find out. However, if they are as interesting as the results published on Monday, we are sure stepping to the next level and going closer to eradicate lifetime total lower limb paralysis.

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