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Spinal cord injury patients may be helped by their own minds

Spinal cord injuries in West Virginia can unfortunately lead to the loss of feeling and mobility. However, devices known as neuroprosthetics may help spinal cord injury patients with sensory or motor disabilities to gain control of these senses again. These brain-computer interfaces essentially work by building a connection between a computer and the patient's brain.

The brain-computer interfaces typically involve electrodes that are placed on the skull, in the tissue of the brain or on the surface of the brain. These electrodes measure and monitor the brain's activity when the patient thinks of something. Then, this brain activity pattern can be translated into an algorithm that goes into the computer. Finally, the computer turns this algorithm into commands that generate movement.

Neuroprosthetics essentially make it possible for those suffering from spinal cord injury to touch, see, hear and move utilizing the power of their thoughts alone. The technology gives a completely new meaning to the concept of the power of the mind. These devices therefore offer hope to spinal cord injury patients and even to those with health problems such as blindness and hearing loss.

In some cases, spinal cord injury in West Virginia is caused by the carelessness of another driver or even a property owner who failed to prevent a slip-and-fall accident. In these situations, the injury victims have the right to file liability claims against the allegedly responsible parties, seeking damages. Monetary awards cannot undo the events leading to the victims' spinal cord injuries, but they may help with covering ongoing medical costs required to address these injuries.

Source: medicalnewstoday.com, "Neuroprosthetics: Recovering from injury using the power of your mind", Ana Sandoiu, May 19, 2017

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