BOSTON, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Electrical stimulation of the human body is an established method of treating several
The latest development in electrical stimulation of the nervous system (also known as electrical neuromodulation and more recently, bioelectronic medicine) was reported on 24 September 2018. Two groups of researchers in the US working with patients paralyzed due to spinal cord injury reported in Nature Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine that epidural electrical stimulation in combination with extensive gait training was able to restore the patients' ability to stand and walk.
Patients who have suffered a complete spinal cord injury lose voluntary control of the muscles below their injury as the nerves that connect the brain to the body have become disconnected at the site of the injury. In these studies, electrical stimulation of the nerves within the spine was shown to restore these broken pathways. With training, patients eventually learned how to use these reconnected pathways to control their muscles, even to the extent that they regained their ability to stand and walk. This is a revolutionary treatment for people who have suffered a spinal cord injury, who currently have little to no hope of regaining function below their injury and rely on medication and physiotherapy to try and decrease the numerous side effects of their injury.
For those who are interesting in learning more about the exciting applications of bioelectronic medicine, IDTechEx will be hosting a masterclass on Bioelectronics & Neuroprosthetics at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA on Friday, Nov. 16. IDTechEx analysts will discuss the latest developments in bioelectronic medicine and neuroprosthetics, and how innovative companies are using electrical neuromodulation to treat previously untreatable diseases.
Other IDTechEx research in bioelectronic medicine include a report on Neuroprosthetics, and a report on Invasive and Non-Invasive Neural Interfaces.
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