Paralyzed Patients Walk Again with New Breakthrough for Personal Injury
OMAHA, Nebraska. For personal injury victims, one of the most devastating diagnoses is spinal cord injury. These injuries are permanent and can seriously impact a person’s quality of life and lifestyle. Up until recently, there haven’t been many breakthroughs in spinal cord research—at least until recently. Major scientific journals are reporting on a breakthrough in spinal cord injury research. With the implantation of an electrical stimulation device, paralyzed individuals have been able to walk again with walkers and with assistance. Scientific American reports on the new device which sends electrical signals to the spine.
While the enthusiasm for the research is high, researchers urge individuals with these injuries to be cautiously optimistic. The research is still in its infancy. Scientists still don’t fully understand why the electrical stimulation device works. And for several patients in the study, the device wasn’t able to provide them with the same level of function as the patients who have been achieving national attention. Personal injury patients should look at the full range of rehabilitative options available to them, understanding that it may be many years before the electrical device is available for widespread use. It is also important to note that the new breakthrough is no cure. Patients who have seen results must use the electrical stimulation device. Without it, patients are unable to move their affected limbs. And different patients see different results—all require some form of assistance in order to be able to walk.
Yet, the results are still remarkable and offer incredible hope for individuals who have been seriously injured in car accidents and other personal injuries. According to CBS News, three people who had previously been completely paralyzed have been able to take steps with assistance and with the use of a walker, after months of intensive rehabilitation.
The research is part of larger-scale studies that are working to help spinal cord injury patients regain function in a range of aspects of their lives, not just walking.
Spinal cord injury is one of the most serious and devastating injuries one can experience. It can result in lost function, sensation, and movement, and the damage is permanent. Although there are promising studies that show that research is moving toward a cure, patients with spinal cord injury still require adaptations and equipment to perform daily life tasks.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you and your family may be facing a host of new challenges. Rensch & Rensch Law are personal injury lawyers in Omaha, Nebraska who are closely watching the ways that new breakthroughs can change the lives of the seriously injured. If you have been hurt due to another person’s negligence or neglect, consider reaching out to our attorneys today. Our firm may be able to help you seek damages for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Visit us at https://www.renschandrensch.com/ to learn more about your rights and options. Spinal cord trauma and serious injury can change your life forever. Fortunately, the law offers a range of protections that can help the injured move forward.
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