AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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Implanted Neuroprosthesis Improves Walking Ability in Stroke Patient

Many patients who have suffered from a stroke or multiple strokes deal with the aftermath of this occurrence through many different symptoms and ailments. Some have lost the ability to move their arms or form sentences. Others can no longer walk without assistance. In this study, researchers looked at how an implanted neuroprosthesis improved the ability to walk for a stroke patient. After implantation of the neuroprosthesis that was programmed to stimulate coordinated activity of hip, knee and ankle muscles, the stroke patient began to see substantial improvement in their ability to walk in both speed and distance. “An implanted stimulation system for multi-joint control is a promising intervention to provide assistance to stroke survivors during daily walking,” writes Nathaniel E. Makowski, PhD, and colleagues of the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. To read more, click here.

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