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An electrode near the patient's spinal cord connects to a computer-controlled device under the skin in the abdomen. The device sends electrical current to the spinal cord, enabling the patient to create movement.
The Spinal Cord Injury Research Program develops new ways to help people with paralysis regain motor function, including epidural stimulation or use of robotic leg braces.
Studies to improve health, wellness and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries include a wellness program for athletes in adapted sports and an online exercise platform.
The program conducts clinical trials to prevent and treat secondary complications associated with spinal cord injury, such as shoulder strain from using a manual wheelchair and pressure ulcers.
Spinal cord injury databases and epidemiology improve the experience of participating in research and allow researchers to collaborate with hospitals and rehabilitation centers outside Mayo Clinic.
Experts in pediatrics, neurosurgery and more study surgeries in utero and after birth to develop the most effective treatments for infants with spina bifida.
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