After a spinal cord injury, the communication between the brain and the muscles in the arms and/or legs is disturbed. This can result in impaired or paralyzed limbs. The injury can also affect the bladder, bowel, sexual function, sleep and many other body functions.
Summary of the Nature publication:
- The neurostimulation system immediately enables stepping even in patients with motor-complete paralyzed legs
- The Therapy enables activity-dependent plasticity to kick in, leading to neuro-recovery
- Recovery effects are present, even in absence of stimulation
- The therapy can be used outside of the hospital for training and to support daily activities
Summary Nature Neuroscience publication:
- Continuous stimulation is sub-optimal for recovery of walking capabilities because it interferes with natural proprioception
- TESS preserves natural proprioception while enabling more natural and stronger stepping
FranceInfo Mar 2019:
Interview on FranceInfo with Sebastian, paraplegic, who starts to walk thanks to the electric stimulation (in French)
Eurostars Feb 2019:
How Eurostars-Eureka contributes to our mission to help individuals with spinal cord injury walk again : Patient with broken spine walks again
Podcast 20 Dec 2018:
Interview in Dutch with Sjaak Deckers, CEO of GTX medical: High Tech Campus podcast
Your local healthcare professional remains your best source of information. He or she is familiar with your specific type of spinal cord injury and can inform you about the possibilities. GTX medical is associated with clinical studies that are conducted by internationally renowned clinicians. Find out more about ongoing trials through the link below.