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Electric spinal stimulation helps paraplegic man regain control of legs

An innovative combination of electrical spinal stimulation and physical therapy has allowed 26-year-old Jered Chinnock to intentionally move his legs for the first time in three years, after an accident left him paralyzed. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in collaboration…

An innovative combination of electrical spinal stimulation and physical therapy has allowed 26-year-old Jered Chinnock to intentionally move his legs for the first time in three years, after an accident left him paralyzed.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with a team from UCLA, set out to expand on previous work done at the University of Louisville that established a process by which electrical currents directed into the spine could be used to regain control of paralyzed limbs.

Jered Chinnock had an accident three years earlier that injured his back at the sixth thoracic vertebrae. Although researchers initially diagnosed him with a motor complete spinal cord injury it was suspected that dormant connections across his injury, meaning his condition could be reclassified as discomplete.