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Study: 4 paralyzed men move their legs again

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It seems like we hear about new studies every day. But experts in spinal cord injuries say this is one to pause for and pay close attention to. The study has already changed how some view those with limitations from paralysis.

We're all guilty of taking certain things for granted. And, sometimes they seem like the most simple things. But when it comes to Kent Stephenson making his legs move or being able to feel discomfort, even the smallest feat is huge.

These four men take nothing for granted. They were all paralyzed in their 20s.

Now we might be one step closer to curing paralysis.

Dr. David Langer, chief of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, explained that these young men were part of a recent University of Louisville study. All began to almost immediately regain some voluntary function after electrodes were implanted in their lower back.

Dr. Steven Kirshblum, the medical director of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, said what is fascinating about this study is that the person can isolate a specific movement.

"What this study tells us is this paradigm has changed, you can enhance movement," Kirshblum said. "You can find ways for person to regain activity with stimulation and rehabilitation."

Even when the electrodes were not on, the four were still able to move some parts of their body voluntarily.

This is not a cure-all, but experts say a step in curing paralysis.

Click here to read a detailed report about the therapy.

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