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Articles Tagged: Functional Electrical Stimulation

Bionic bodies: From typing with a glance to restoring paralyzed limbs, new technology aids the ailing

Published: October 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

If eye-gaze technology, motion sensor tracking and functional electrical stimulation sound like secret weapons of the CIA, you’d be half right. Much of the newfangled equipment in use for those with medical disabilities came out of technology originally designed for the government. Now, it’s helping injured and ill people with life’s basic needs.

Former Saints player Steve Gleason, diagnosed with ALS in 2011, propels his custom wheelchair with only a glance.

“I have an infrared eye tracker that is connected to my laptop and serves as my control center,” said Gleason. Continue Reading »

What’s the Latest in Spinal Cord Injury Technology?

Published: September 12, 2017 | Category: Answers

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients come to Burke’s inpatient acute rehabilitation program directly from the hospital/trauma center where they were treated and stabilized to prevent further damage to the spinal cord. Once at Burke, an intensive rehabilitation phase begins.

Physical therapy is crucial at this stage, because many of the gains the patient will make in movement happen during this time. Strengthening muscles and improving flexibility shapes the individual’s ability to make ongoing progress afterwards. Continue Reading »

Man moves paralyzed legs using device that stimulates spinal cord

Published: April 3, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions for the first time in three years.

The case, the result of collaboration with UCLA researchers, appears today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers say these results offer further evidence that a combination of this technology and rehabilitation may help patients with spinal cord injuries regain control over previously paralyzed movements, such as steplike actions, balance control and standing. Continue Reading »

Man with quadriplegia employs injury bridging technologies to move again—just by thinking

Published: March 28, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

First recipient of implanted brain-recording and muscle-stimulating systems reanimates limb that had been stilled for eight years. Continue Reading »

UCLA researcher tackles paralysis with electrical stimulation devices

Published: February 10, 2017 | Category: News

A UCLA professor is helping paralyzed individuals regain use of their limbs through electric stimulation of the spinal cord.

In 2015, Reggie Edgerton, the director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at UCLA, developed a robotic exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed man walk. Though the man is still paralyzed and cannot control the exoskeleton’s movement, Edgerton’s lab plans to do more research to make that happen. Continue Reading »

Experimental implant shows promise for restoring voluntary movement after spinal cord injury

Published: December 13, 2016 | Category: News

UCLA scientists test electrical stimulation that bypasses injury; technique boosts patient’s finger control, grip strength up to 300 percent

A spinal stimulator being tested by doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is showing promise in restoring hand strength and movement to a California man who broke his neck in a dirt bike accident five years ago.

In June, Brian Gomez, now 28, became one of the first people in the world to undergo surgery for the experimental device. Continue Reading »

TrainFES.com

Published: July 19, 2016 | Category: Links

trainfes-comMedical Devices for REHABILITATION

Affordable, efficient, user friendly and a plug&play complete solution for patients with paralysis.

Technology that is changing the way patients see life.

REHABILITATION FOR DIFFERENT CAUSES OF PARALYSIS

“Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is an accepted treatment method for paresis or paralysis after spinal cord and head injury as well as stroke and other neurological motor neuron disorders.”

Exercise following spinal cord injury: physiology to therapy

Published: December 9, 2015 | Category: Information

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can have catastrophic effects on individuals resulting in loss of physical abilities and independence. Loss of the ability to perform activities of daily living reduces the quality of life. Furthermore, decreased ability to perform physical activities decreases overall fitness and increases the risk of diseases related to sedentary lifestyle. Activity-based restorative therapies (ABRTs) provide an option to help optimize rehabilitation through the restoration of function and the introduction to physical activities via adapted equipment. Continue Reading »

Without An Exoskeleton, Paralyzed Man Uses Brain Control To Walk

Published: September 28, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

brain-controlled-walking-testA man who is at the center of a new project being conducted by researchers from the University of California Irvine is giving hope to people with spinal cord injuries who have lost their ability to move their limbs that they will be able to one day walk again. Paralyzed for five years, an unnamed 26-year old was able to walk on his own with only a harness to help support his weight.

What makes this achievement so groundbreaking is that he was able to move using his own brainwaves without an exoskeleton to hold up his frame. Instead, electrodes were attached directly to his muscles so that he could control them, bypassing his injured spinal cord. Continue Reading »

London’s bionic man making impressive strides

Published: June 26, 2015 | Category: News

London's bionic manMitch Brogan is among those rare few who refuses to take no for an answer.

When doctors told him he would never walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2006 that left him a quadriplegic, Brogan set about to prove them wrong.

Far from willing just to sit in his wheelchair and watch life through the windows, he began pursuing an interest in exoskeleton technology. Continue Reading »