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Biotech Innovations
November 13, 2018

Recovery of Voluntary Movement After Paralysis

JAMA. 2018;320(18):1850. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17584

In 2 recent studies, patients with lower-limb paralysis achieved overground walking after spinal cord epidural electrical stimulation combined with intensive locomotor training.

Researchers at the University of Louisville and the Frazier Rehab Institute tested the therapy on 4 patients with motor complete spinal cord injuries, in which some sensation but no voluntary movement exists below the injury. After months of daily sessions, all 4 patients achieved independent standing and trunk stability and 2 walked without a treadmill.