With advancements in medical technology and practices over the last several decades, the prognosis for an individual with a spinal cord injury (SCI) is improving. One of the most critical factors in a person’s recovery is whether they receive early medical intervention and effective ongoing treatments. The sooner that treatment is implemented to strengthen the muscles below the injury site and to minimize additional damage to spinal cord tissue, the better the prognosis will be for that individual.
Medical researchers are constantly working to find ways to more effectively treat various forms of brain damage. Many of these treatments can sound unusual, but may prove surprisingly effective at helping survivors of traumatic brain injuries recover. One such unusual-sounding treatment is the use of brain cooling therapy to treat hypoxic brain damage.
Published in a recent issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with researchers from UCLA, conducted a study with a patient that enabled the voluntary movement in his legs for the first time in years.
A team of masters students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have been using all of their spare time to work on the most revolutionary wheelchair to date. The Scewo is not only sleek and modern looking, it is incredibly functional and can even climb stairs.
A chip implanted into the brain of a spinal cord injury survivor now enables him to play Guitar Hero. The future is now when it comes to spinal cord injury research. With new breakthroughs every year, it’s possible we may see a cure for spinal cord injuries in the next few decades.
For Ian Burkhart, an implanted chip has proven life-changing. The same might one day be the case for many more SCI survivors.
Hyundai is known for their dependable construction of vehicles for traveling on the road, but they are now getting special attention for the technology they are developing for paraplegics. Scientists have been working hard for centuries to come up with a cure for paralysis, and there have been somewhat promising developments in recent years.
More and more, patients suffering from spinal cord injuries have a growing list of treatment options available to them. As might be expected, most of them involve intense and rigorous efforts to reclaim some semblance of the life and mobility that was taken during that fateful incident.
When a spinal cord injury occurs, it can often mean an entirely new way of life for the patient suffering from such a debilitating condition as well as those loved ones in his or her life. Time and again, we’ve heard stories of people struggling to recover both physically and financially after such an incident. After all, the nerve damage left in the wake of a severe spinal cord injury can often lead to any one of many forms of paralysis and devastating loss of function.
The unfortunate reality of spinal cord injuries is that they are so debilitating that oftentimes it’s necessary for the victim to require full-time care, either by a loved one or a professional caregiver. Regardless of who may be the one tending to the aftermath of such a traumatic medical condition, it’s reassuring to know that, as time has gone on, technology has continued to advance, paving the way for seemingly endless new resources.
A recent study has enabled a quadriplegic man to move his hand and fingers through the use of a chip implanted into his brain. The chip is part of new technology by a company called NeuroLife and potentially represents great strides in the advancement of rehabilitative technology for those with a spinal cord injury.
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