Patients Battling Spinal Cord Injuries May Regain Use of Limbs
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. Every year, my firm meets new clients struggling to adjust after suffering serious spinal cord injuries (SCIs). Some endured bad falls at work while others managed to survive serious swimming pool accidents, car wrecks and other tragic events. All of them bravely try to regain as much of their prior functioning skills as possible, even though they know that quadriplegia will always require all of their bravery and a fighting spirit.
Patients with quadriplegia (tetraplegia) must usually cope with losing control of their pelvic organs – as well as their arms, hands, and legs. Few doctors encourage them to believe that highly advanced technologies will one day reverse their fate. Nevertheless, researchers have now developed a highly sophisticated system that’s currently allowing a 56-year-old man named Bill Kochevar to use his thoughts to move his arm and hand.