Complete paralysis condition from Spinal cord injury was long been admitted that there was no current treatment option available to regain the voluntary motor control. The suffering patients were mostly admitted with the lifelong wheelchair fate. Repeated training sessions, no matter how many and how long, in paralyzed limbs were proved to show no gain by electrophysiology assessment and mostly be eventually given up by despairing patients and practitioners. The recent breakthrough of neuromodulation technique, by epidural electrical stimulation, were shown to be a new hope for all spinal cord injury individuals.
Who will be benefit from this procedure?
The most beneficial patient is the one who is paralyzed from spinal cord injury at lower Cervicle spine until T11.
What is Epidural stimulation
Epidural stimulation is the application of a continuous electrical current to the lower part of the spinal cord via a little chip which is implanted over the dura of the spinal cord. A small size of a remote controls the frequency and intensity of the electrical current. Specific sensory stimulations, when the stimulator is on, combined with intensive training, allows paralyzed people to voluntarily move their legs.
What is the benefit?
Epidural Stimulation can improve not only motor system but also autonomic nervous system
What are the mechanisms?