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Paraplegics: walking could become possible

31 March 2019 - 8h34

Electrical implants have allowed previously paralyzed patients to walk. A scientific feat announced by the neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine at the conference L’Homme Cérébral held yesterday at the Grimaldi Forum.

It’s the revolution of the moment. Grégoire Courtine presented a revolutionary neuro technology to treat paralysis: a new rehabilitation protocol that combines wireless implants sending precise electrical stimulations to the spinal cord and a smart body support system. For example, patients who had suffered spinal cord injuries many years ago were able to walk with crutches or a walker when electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord was turned on.

But the advance does not stop there, after a few months of training, the patients were able to control the muscles of their legs, until now paralyzed, even in the absence of electrical stimulation. Signs that announce a revolution in the treatment of paraplegia. “I hope to see this therapy available in a few years in some hospitals or treatment centers”, says the scientist.

During this conference, other speakers presented the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system such as the role of brain imaging to fight Alzheimer’s or the therapeutic approach by neuromodulation (alteration of the nerve activity by targeted delivery of a stimulus to specific neurological sites of the body) psychic disorders.

Daniela Guerra

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