Researchers are in the process of developing a new technology that will help those who suffer from spinal cord injuries. A common result of the violent force associated with serious accidents is a spinal cord injury. This can leave the patient with severe disabilities. An injury to the spinal cord, which is the body's central conduit for delivery of pain and mobility impulses, most often results in paraplegia or quadriplegia. However, technological breakthroughs are going to provide tremendous assistance to these victims.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University have announced funding for projects to begin implementing brain-computer interfaces or (BCI). These interfaces will soon allow patients to control robotic limbs, a computer mouse, or other external device with their minds. The technique involves placing a BCI on the motor cortex surface of the brain, which will then pick up neural activity and translate the signals through a computer.
Senior Scientist Michael Boninger said. "Our ultimate aim is to develop technologies that can give patients with physical disabilities control of assistive devices that will help restore their independence." This technology will be able to provide relief for patients that will be confined to a wheelchair and will hopefully reduce the need for constant nursing care.
This new technology will help give hope back to those victims of spinal cord injuries. It will help assist them with basic movements, functions, and communications. It will also help restore some of the independence lost after the injury that caused the damage to their spinal cord.
Have You Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury?
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