Spinal Cord Stimulation to Treat Paralysis

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Spinal Cord Stimulation to Treat Paralysis

The implantation of tiny electrodes along the spinal cord has caused paralyzed animals to walk, but it has yet to be tested with humans. The wires will be much smaller than a strand of human hair. "We are talking about a 0.1 millimeter to 0.2 millimeter sweet spot in the cord. That makes it a very small area. If you stimulate one area of the cord, you can get a certain type of movement.

You move it half a millimeter; you get another type of movement. If we can find that this sweet spot is lying dormant in paralyzed people, then there will be an enormous incentive to develop a device to awaken it…read more @

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