Recently there has been groundbreaking progress in using epidural spinal cord stimulation technology to restore walking in patients who have suffered from spinal cord injury-induced paralysis and paraplegia. In this session, we will review the basics of spinal cord locomotive circuitry, discuss the mechanisms of action of spinal cord stimulation on these circuits and explore the innovative progress that has been made in implanted patients.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe basic spinal cord locomotive circuitry and possible mechanisms of action of spinal cord stimulation to restore paralysis.
- Discuss the development of spinal cord stimulation to restore function in paralyzed patients and review early clinical trials.
- Describe the latest groundbreaking research in human patients undergoing spinal cord stimulation and understand novel programming parameters with the potential to achieve rapid restoration of function.
Spinal Cord Circuitry for Locomotion
Eiman Azim, PhD
The Development of Spinal Cord Stimulation to Restore Function After Paralysis
David Darrow, MD MPH
Spinal Cord Stimulation Implantation in Paralyzed Patients for Rapid Restoration of Motor Function
Ann Parr, MD PhD
Faculty subject to change.