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A breakthrough treatment involving electrical stimulation of the spine has enabled paralyzed patients to walk again, apparently reactivating nerve connections and providing hope for people even years after accidents."This clinical trial has given me hope," said Gert-Jan Oskam, 35, who was told he would never walk again after a traffic accident in 2011 .After five months of treatment, he can now walk short distances even without the help of some electrical stimulation.Reconnecting nerve pathwaysFootage from the study shows clearly the way the targeted stimulation differs from the continuous pulses.The stimulation begins with a pulse directed at a muscle to prompt the patient to begin movement, for example a step.At the same time, patients think about moving those muscles and stepping.Patients can then command the muscle movement even without the electrical triggers.
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