There’s new hope that paralyzed people may soon walk again. Researchers from Switzerland were successful in sending electrical signals to the spine of three men who were completely paralyzed after spinal cord injuries. Within days, all three men could move their torso and legs performing activities such as walking, swimming, and cycling.
Normally, the nerves in the spinal cord send a message to the brain that it wants to move. But a spinal cord injury can severely weaken that communication.
This research, recently published in Nature Medicine, used a device filled with electrodes to boost nerve signals involved in moving your torso and legs.1 The device was personalized and implanted on each person’s spine where the wires would connect to a neurostimulator in the abdomen. The researchers paired the software the device runs on with a tablet that the men can use to choose which activity they want to do in order to stimulate the right nerves, whether it’s standing or walking up the stairs.
Read more at: https://www.verywellhealth.com/spinal-cord-injury-walking-5219639