Population Health

February 19, 2021

Individuals with spinal cord injury regain hand and arm function with new treatment

Image of a hand manipulating small platic beadsA new treatment developed by researchers from the University of Washington Center for Neurotechnology has helped individuals with spinal cord injuries recover hand and arm mobility.

The treatment combines traditional physical therapy with a non-invasive method of stimulating nerve cells in the spinal cord.

Findings show that research study participants recovered hand and arm function for at least three to six months following the end of treatment. Some participants also noticed other improvements, including a more regular heart rate and improved body temperature regulation.

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