AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 3, 2017

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Electrical Stimulation Improves Paralyzed Patients’ Function

Therapy helps produce movement and sensation after spinal cord injury

Nearly 282,000 people in the U.S. live with paralysis following a spinal cord injury (SCI). A review of more than 90 studies found that electrical stimulation may help restore function in those paralyzed after SCI. 

SCI can cause paralysis in the arms, legs or both, limiting physiological functions such as movement, bladder and bowel control, and temperature regulation. Electrical stimulation, a treatment first developed in the 1960s to treat pain, has been studied as a means to restore movement in paralyzed limbs. 

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