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Paired associative stimulation study shows promise for paraplegia

When there are changes that can help people with spinal cord injuries recover, it's always great news. A recent piece of research out of the University of Helsinki showed that simulating the motor nerves of the brain and limbs, also called paired associative stimulation, has promising results.

In the study, a person with paraplegia and only partial function in his left leg underwent two, three-month treatments using paired associative stimulation. With each treatment, he improved noticeably. After the first, he could stand for 1.5 minutes and take 13 steps using the parallel bars found in rehabilitation clinics. After the second round of treatment, he could walk 2.4 times faster and had more strength in the leg.

This form of treatment is being investigated now to help patients who have incomplete spinal cord injuries. Most patients with spinal injuries do have incomplete injuries, so this could be a fantastic piece of news for them once more research is done.

This is just one example of a new piece of research that could have positive implications in the future. Why bring it up now? If you're struggling with a spinal cord injury or have recently suffered a disability, then you need to be aware of changing science and medical techniques. You also have to account for those possible changes and the compensation you'll need if you want to seek new treatments in the future.Your attorney can help you seek as much compensation as possible, so you have the financial backing you need to seek medical care and newly approved treatments for your injuries in the future.

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