Canadian researchers working with electrical stimulation to the spines of chronic Parkinson’s Disease patients have discovered a technique to improve mobility and reduce the risk of falls.
The implants improve feedback signals returning back up to the brain.
“[Benefit from] the treatment was long-lasting and worked even when the implant was turned off”.
Ghosh, P. (2019). Parkinson’s results beyond researchers’ wildest dreams. London: BBC Health News / BBC Science and Environment News, April 22nd 2019.
Experimental spinal stimulation shows promise for reducing freezing. London: Parkinson’s UK, April 23rd 2019.
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Samotus, O. Parrent, A. [and] Jog, M. (2019). Spinal cord stimulation therapy for gait dysfunction in advanced Parkinson’s Disease patients. Movement Disorders. May 2018; 33(5): 783-792.