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Spinal cord injury victims may walk again with machine interface

Living with spinal cord injury in West Virginia can be challenging both physically and emotionally. Spinal cord injury victims might be unable to move about due to being paralyzed from the waist down, and this can be mentally hard to cope with. However, new research may instill hope in the millions of people with this type of injury.

In addition to experiencing paralysis and not being able to utilize one's hands, victims of spinal cord injury might experience secondary ailments, including depression, respiratory problems and infections of the urinary tract. They might also even struggle to breathe, which can lead to death. However, a new brain-machine interface known as an exoskeleton for the whole body may help people who are paralyzed to walk once again.

The exoskeleton essentially is a prosthetic suit that is 165 pounds in weight, can be worn and is controlled using signals derived from the brain. A paralyzed person can basically get dressed in the device and then utilize it to be able to start moving again. The machine works by actually fooling the brain in such a way that a person feels that he or she is walking by himself or herself instead of being carried by a machine.

Thanks to modern science, there is hope that those who suffer from spinal cord injury can have an improved quality of life. In addition, if an injured victim was hurt because somebody was negligent in West Virginia, he or she may decide to file a personal injury claim in pursuit of damages that may help him or her to financially cope with the expenses associated with the injury. A financial award won't be able to undo the injury, but it may make the victim's life a little easier in the aftermath of the incident causing it.

Source: biosciencetechnology.com, "The Future of Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury", Christina Jakubowski, Dec. 2, 2014

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