Swiss scientists have made a leap forward in their mission to help paralyzed patients walk again.
researchers from the group NeuroRestore Swiss researchers have revealed that they correctly identified which neurons could reverse paralysis in people with severe chronic spinal injuries.
Their work builds on previous research confirming that spinal electrical stimulation can trigger electrical signals to walk through. Unfortunately, at the time, the specific area of the electrical stimulation point was not known.
But neuroscientists were eventually able to identify this location after testing it on mice and successfully restoring their ability to walk.
It turns out that the area that controls walking comes from neurons in the lower back. An injury can disrupt the signal chain between the spinal cord and brain, causing the nerve cells involved to lose their function, making it impossible to walk.
The team implanted neurotransmitters into the spinal cords of nine volunteers who were severely paralyzed after spinal cord damage. Of the nine, three were completely paralyzed with no sensation in their legs.
Surprisingly, all patients were able to move again with a walking aid after 5 months, a combination of electrical stimulation and intensive physical therapy, all in just 5 sessions. per week
Even after recovery, participants continued to show improvement in walking.
This advancement is not just getting back to walking. Scientists also believe that with a clearer understanding of this spinal cord circuit, it could hold the key to other treatments. in the body, for example problems with bladder and bowel control as well as sexual dysfunction
Is it possible that in the future there may be technology that can combine the knowledge of this research with modern technology to become a high-tech device that can make paralyzed people walk again after wearing them? Wear this device without any side effects.
Source: Siamphone by news.siamphone.com.
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