New York, N.Y (PRWEB) April 23, 2014
Four paralyzed young men recently made groundbreaking progress by being able to voluntarily move their legs after electrical stimulation of their spinal cords. An April 7 news release issued by UCLA, one of the research partners involved in the study, stated that all four participants were classified as suffering from chronic, motor-sensory complete spinal cord injuries and were unable to move their lower extremities prior to the implantation of the epidural stimulator. The release says that this stimulator delivers a continuous electrical current to the lower spinal cord, mimicking signals that the brain normally transmits to initiate movement.
Based on the findings of the study, in addition to regaining voluntary movement, the research participants have made improvements in overall health including increases in muscle mass, regulation of blood pressure and reduced fatigue. The four participants surprised the scientists by recovering voluntary control of their lower extremities because researchers believed that at least some of the sensory pathways must be intact for epidural stimulation to be successful, the report stated.
According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there is nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis in the United States -- approximately 6 million people. That's the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The Foundation also estimates that the average yearly expense for a paralysis patient can range from $228,566 to $775,567 and estimated lifetime costs can range from $681,843 to $3 million or more for a 25-year-old person.
This latest research offers fresh hope for spinal cord injury victims and their families, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Often, there is little hope for those who have suffered catastrophic spinal cord damage in slip-and-fall accidents, trip-and-fall accidents, car accidents or as the result of other traumatic events."
The highlight of this study is that it shows patients can make these movements years after the injuries, Wilhelm said. "Spinal cord injury victims and their families suffer significant emotional and financial stress. Patients undergo months or years of rehabilitation without any positive outcome. This study definitely sends a much-needed ray of hope to these individuals."
Wilhelm says the costs of treating spinal cord injuries are staggering. "It is important that victims and their families tap into every possible resource they have to obtain more information about their treatment options after suffering a serious spinal cord injury."
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