Health News – At least five people whose legs were completely paralyzed are walking again, two of them with no outside help, thanks to a specialized program of therapy and a pain stimulator implanted in their spines, researchers reported Monday.
It’s the latest and most dramatic advance in a new approach to treating spinal cord injuries developed at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
“I would characterize it as breathtaking,” said Peter Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which was not involved in the study.
The reports show that electrical stimulation of the spine, when combined with a very intense and specialized training program, can re-educate the body and help move the legs even though signals from the brain are cut off.
“The spinal cord