A Spinal Cord Injury is damage or broken to the spinal cord nerve that causes permanent or temporary changes in its body functions…..>> Read More
Rehabilitation is the process of helping an individual achieve the highest level of body function, independence, strength training and quality of life possible….>> Read More
The spinal cord, part of our central nervous system, is an amazingly complex matrix of nerve cells and support cells. Following injury to the spinal cord, the damaged cells face anatomical, physiological, chemical, and immune system changes that hinder their attempts at regeneration. There is not one simple approach to promote healing and regeneration, rather a combination of therapies is necessary to provide the most optimal environment for healing.
Unfortunately, there are at present no known ways to reverse damage to the spinal cord. However, researchers are continually working on new treatments, including prostheses and medications, which may promote regeneration of nerve cells or improve the function of the nerves that remain after an SCI.
SCI treatment currently focuses on preventing further injury and empowering people with an SCI to return to an active and productive life.
Epidural Stimulation – Epidural Electrical Stimulation, particularly FES, shows great promise in helping some patients regain some abilities. Some patients who have undergone FES therapy have shown improvements in hand functions, bowel, and bladder control, improved core control, walking improvements, and can regain sensation and even the ability to breathe without the use of a ventilator.
What is Epidural Stimulation Surgery?
Epidural Stimulation involves the surgical implantation of the neuro-stimulator device. The device is placed on the posterior structures of the Lumbar “Spinal Cord” area where it supplies electrical currents that connect nerve signals from the Brain to Spinal Cord tissue below the injury level……>> Read More