This page offers resources to learn about neurotechnology for spinal cord injuries and disorders.
Last Updated: August 2015
Created in collaboration with The National Spinal Cord Injury Association for Spinal Cord Central. The fact sheet is divided into two parts. Part 1 provides an overview of neurotechnology and its applications to spinal cord injury. Part 2 provides a listing of the devices and therapies available and additional resources.
There are a variety of applications which are listed below by category. Prior to considering any new therapy, treatment or device, a proper evaluation should be conducted with a knowledgeable medical professional. There are health, medical and financial risks. Out of pocket costs and available insurance coverage for any treatment must be considered prior to starting a protocol. Finally, this is an evolving field of science and technology development this page is updated on a periodic basis.
Breathing & Cough Assistance
Hand Grasp and Rehab for Upper Extremity
Pain & Spasticity Management
Urinary Function & Bladder Management
Assisted Standing & Ambulation Systems
Exercise & Rehabilitation Systems
Alternative Treatments and Diagnostics for Depression
There are many clinical trials being conducted in this area. Visit Clinical Trials.gov. Search terms with spinal cord injury and any of the following: electrical stimulation, neuromuscular stimulation, exercise, urinary, sexual function, walking, hand function, cough, respiratory. It is very important to understand clinical trials and what is involved.
Epidural Stimulation Overview
This Webinar is part of the Stepping Forward Staying Informed Lecture Series at the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and hosted by Boston Medical Center. It was broadcasted on LiveStream. Click here to read about clinical trials