Spinal cord injuries can be devastating in their effects, with the most
serious ending in quadriplegia, the inability to use any of one’s
limbs. But a new medical breakthrough is looking to help
spinal cord injury victims overcome their paralysis through technology that some are describing as
“mind-reading,” according to
The Daily Mail.
The technology was created through research at the Northwestern University
in Chicago and is called a “neuroprosthesis,” which combined
two pieces of technology that allow a paralyzed victim to control their
limbs despite their spinal cord damage. The first piece of technology
is a multi-electrode array that is implanted into the brain and works
as a computer-brain interface and deciphers the signals that generate
arm and hand movement. The other piece is known as a functional electrical
stimulation (FES) device, which delivers an electrical current to paralyzed
muscles and causes them to contract in a desired manner.
By combining the two elements, a paralysis victim is able to bypass their
injuries and intentionally stimulate movement in the limb. Research was
done by observing muscle activity in healthy monkeys, then temporarily
blocking nerve activity in the subjects via local anesthetic and using
Both monkeys in the study regained movement and gripping strength that
allowed them to pick up and move a ball in a nearly normal manner.
Researchers hope that the technology will continue to be studied and advanced
for use one day in paralyzed humans to overcome spinal cord injuries.
At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, we understand the devastating effects
of a spinal cord injury and the need of victims for proper and continued
medical care and rehabilitation. Our
San Mateo spinal cord injury lawyers have the skills and experience needed to help you find compensation for
your injuries from those responsible for the accident that caused them.
For a consultation on your possible case from our legal team, call us
today at (800) 900-0863.