New electric stimulation treatment for spinal cord injury victims

Friday November 7, 2014

Any injury received to a region near the spinal cord may result in a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries take into account all acquired injuries during one’s lifetime and does not include congenital spine disabilities.

In an effort to help victims, researchers are always seeking new technologies and methods to treat spinal cord injuries. The Connecticut chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association has also come up with a new technology for treating all victims of spinal cord injuries. One of the new innovations in spinal cord injury research is the functional electrical stimulation treatment. This form of treatment has proved to be very effective for patients who have suffered paralysis due to spinal cord injuries. The process includes a computer microprocessor generating electrical currents to further generate contractions to the paralyzed area of the victim.

The Spinal Cord Injury Association Connecticut Chapter encourages private services to make use of the new technology. Certain eligibility criteria may be necessary before attempting to use the electrical stimulator therapy, including prior training.

The new age technology has shown promising results. It has even shown to have limited success in reversing muscle degeneration and is also said to be good for heart muscles. One of the basic problems faced by spinal cord injury victims are the exorbitant medical expenses incurred. One may find it beneficial to get professional advice regarding financing their medical expenses. Sometimes one may be able to get due compensation if the injury was the result of another party’s negligence.

Source: National Spinal Cord Injury Association, “Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) – general information,” accessed on Oct. 29, 2014

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