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.