Hope for Paralyzed Patients in Form of Novel Spinal Implant

Published By : 26 Sep 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

It is said that life is series of tiny miracles. One such miracle of the 21st century is the innovative spinal implant which will help a paralyzed person to stand up on his own feet once again and feel the grass barefoot. Due to the advancement in medical technology, doctors can now take a more advanced outlook in terms of detecting conditions or illness even before the symptoms appear. It also includes the diverse range of skin cancer types and Alzheimer’s detection. With the emergence of new methods, doctors are now allowed to reverse the effects of chronic medical conditions.

Two research teams have been able to reimpose hope for those suffering from the consequences of an impaired spinal cord. The aim of the scientists was to test the trial of an absolute spinal cord implant on a selected and small group of paraplegic victims.

Epidural Stimulation Experiment Successful

There were four different patients on whom the experiment was conducted with the profile of suffering from post-traumatic spinal injury for the past 2.5 to 3.3 years and with the lack of symptom improvement even after locomotors training. 16 sensors were embedded in the lower spinal region of all the four patients in the study. The team worked with the method of epidural stimulation. Scientists believe that this method, combined with training in the rehabilitation, may allow some voluntary  movement to reimpose  below the level of spinal lesion This, in turn, may conclude in a way that the patient may be able to stand and walk independently.

Although the experiment was a success, it is not a permanent cure and there is no real treatment for people who have similar kind of injury. However, the acknowledgement of the success of the implant is a way to improve the quality of life and overall mobility of the patients instead of a permanent cure. It is said that “The greatest paralysis of our heart is disbelieve”, with this innovation, science has shown a ray of hope to those who thought they would be confined to wheelchairs.

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