Combining Epistim and Activity-Based Therapy Holds Promise for Walking, New Mobility October 2018
There has been a worldwide media buzz about the latest advances in spinal cord injury research. A majority of the press focuses on Kelly Thomas, who sustained a spinal cord injury in 2014, now walking on her own, using a walker for balance. When you mention the word “walk” in combination with “paralysis,” the press takes notice. And this is exciting news, albeit more of an update on a combination of two therapies that have been around for quite a while – “activity-based therapy,” which includes things like locomotor training (hanging above a treadmill while therapists move a person’s feet to simulate walking), combined with “epistim” (implanting an electrical stimulation device near the site of the injury).
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