The doctors from Mayo clinic along with UCLA researchers have helped the paralyzed man to move his legs even when he had lost his motor functions after spinal cord injury.
The results of the study indicate that patients with spinal cord injury can regain control over their paralyzed body parts.
During the study, an epidural stimulator which is an electrode placed on the injured body parts to simulate the functioning of the spinal cord.
The researchers were motivated to conduct this study after the researchers from the University of Louisville have studied the stimulator implants on four paralyzed patients.
The medical experts from Mayo clinic have said that this new technology along with intense physical therapy has resulted in involuntary movements in patients.
The latest study by Dr. Kendall Lee has been published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
The conducted study
The study was conducted on 26-year old named Jered Chinnock from Mayo Clinic. He was diagnosed with spinal cord injury after he had met with a snowmobile accident, due to which he had became paralyzed.
He was given rehabilitation therapy for 22 weeks, in which he was given strength training to enhance the muscle and was closely examined for any modification. Some neural network within spinal cord still remains dormant states Prof. Reggie Edgerton from UCLA.
Voluntary control over paralyzed parts
After the physical therapy, the patient has undergone implant surgery in which the electrode was implanted in the epidural space present near the spinal cord. The electrode was linked to a device present in the skin that is controlled by a computer.
This electrode device is not currently approved but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized Mayo Clinic to use this study for conducting the study.
Mayo clinic plans to widen the scope of the study to check if the spinal cord stimulator can be used to recover other voluntary body functions.