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Spinal cord stimulation helps paralyzed man stand and walk

Research collaboration between Mayo Clinic and UCLA cause a breakthrough in helping patients that are paralyzed.

Spinal cord stimulation along with physical therapy has helped a man paralyzed since 2013 walk with assistance.

With an implanted stimulator turned on, the patient used a front wheeled walker to walk. He made 113 rehabilitation visits to Mayo Clinic over a year.

In the study the man’s spinal cord was stimulated by an implanted electrode, enabling neurons to receive the signal that he wanted to stand or step.

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