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Narrative Resource for Spinal Injury & Neurotechnology

 

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.

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Applications listed by category

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

 

  • Urinary Resource: Refer to our fact sheet specifically for Urinary Control Management Therapies


Sexual Function

 


Assisted Standing & Ambulation Systems

 



Exercise & Rehabilitation Systems

 

  • Exercise: Refer to our fact sheet specifically for Exercising Weak or Paralyzed Muscles


Alternative Treatments and Diagnostics for Depression

 


Other Applications

 



Clinical Trials

 

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.


Here is a listing of device and technology clinical trials provided by the International Spinal Cord Injury Society (ISCOS).

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

Support Groups & Resources

 

  • United Spinal Association: Action and advocacy organization providing resources, programs, research and activities for people living with spinal cord injuries and disease.

  • North American SCI Consortium: Resource organination for people living with spinal cord injury and the collaboration of SCI organizations in North America.

  • Conquer Paralysis Now: A new movement to find a cure for spinal cord injury and unique funding for research.

  • SCIRE Project: SCIRE covers a comprehensive set of topics relevant to SCI rehabilitation and community reintegration. They review, evaluate, and translate existing research knowledge into a clear and concise format.

  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: An organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

  • Brain and Spinal Cord.org: An internet knowledge-base for brain injury and spinal cord injury survivors to help answer many questions

  • FacingDisability For Families Facing Spinal Cord Injuries: Facing Disability is a web resource with more than 1,000 videos drawn from interviews of people with spinal cord injuries, their families, caregivers and experts

  • National Institutes of Health Spinal Cord Injury Information Page: A resource from NINDS explaining spinal cord injury, research strategies and providing resources.