Making spinal cord injury patients move again

A fascinating study by Russian and American scientists had Ashlee patients as late as two years after a spinal cord injury to move their legs again.

The researchers used electric current applied to the skin of the back to make movement easier, combined with a medication, buspirone, allowing the patients to voluntarily move their legs after eighteen weeks of therapy. The movement took place whilst they were suspended in a harness.

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The work continues to see if the patients may be able to start to walk again.

From the Journal of Neuro trauma

NIH press release

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