Spinal cord stimulation may not be anything remotely close to a cure for SCI. However, there is potential for real, tangible and increasingly well-documented improvements in a range of secondary complications of SCI, for example, poor hand and grip function, wild fluctuations in blood pressure, and bowel and bladder dysfunction.

Beyond the Hype: the promise of non-invasive spinal cord stimulation

Moreover, unlike epidural stimulation, transcutaneous stimulation replies on an externally worn device. The device connects with electrodes placed on the skin in key locations above the spine. Using the connection, it achieves the desired result of “reawaken” function. The non-invasive spinal cord stimulation is not without its drawbacks. But it doesn’t require potentially dangerous surgery and is cheap by comparison.

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