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Future Medicine: How Bionic Spines and Exoskeletons May Help the Paralyzed Walk Again

New treatments for spinal cord injuries resemble technology we are accustomed to witnessing in science fiction movies. Robotics have allowed for significant advances in modern medicine, especially for treating people with catastrophic injuries. Accident survivors may soon have the opportunity to use bionic spines and exoskeletons to regain movement and independence. Here is what you need to know about these exciting new technologies. ReWalk exoskeleton: ReWalk Robotics is the company responsible for creating an advanced exoskeleton that can help the paralyzed regain mobility. An exoskeleton is a powered robotic suit that works with the lower legs to create movement. ReWalk’s exoskeleton senses the users’ center of gravity to create leg movement. People equipped with ReWalk exoskeletons still have to use crutches to maintain balance. Unfortunately, the ReWalk Exoskeleton, while FDA approved, has a whopping price tag of $70,000. New technologies generally become cheaper with each passing year. Bionic spines: Bionics…
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How New Spinal Cord Injury Treatments Can Give Accident Survivors Hope

Advances in medicine continue to give people with catastrophic injuries hope that they will be able to return to their old lives. Some spinal cord injury treatments would have seemed impossible only several years ago. A new spinal cord injury treatment being developed by the University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and San Diego State University might help repair function to paralyzed limbs. These three institutions have received $16 million from the National Science Foundation to develop the new treatment over the next four years. How does it work? This new treatment uses an implantable device to pick up signals from the brain that tell the nervous system to allow movement of certain limbs. To be more specific, the treatment uses a device that can pick up and decode brain signals, then send information to specific areas of the body damaged by a spinal cord injury or stroke. Researchers…
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