Study: 4 paralyzed men move their legs again - New York News

Study: 4 paralyzed men move their legs again

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

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.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Superstorm Sandy

    Grimm criticizes storm recovery program

    Grimm criticizes storm recovery program

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:06:30 GMT
    When Superstorm Sandy destroyed Maureen Childs' Staten Island home, she turned to New York City's Build it Back program for help. She says what she got back was heartache. At a news conference Wednesday, Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, highlighted what he called failures in a program designed to help victims of Sandy get back on their feet.
    When Superstorm Sandy destroyed Maureen Childs' Staten Island home, she turned to New York City's Build it Back program for help. She says what she got back was heartache. At a news conference Wednesday, Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, highlighted what he called failures in a program designed to help victims of Sandy get back on their feet.
  • GIRLTALK #takeover

    Angela Simmons reaches out

    Angela Simmons reaches out

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:09:20 GMT
    The Boys and Girls Club of Newark seems like the last place you'd expect to find the daughter of hip hop royalty. But when it comes to inspiring young girls, Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run of Run DMC, believes in the old adage "each one, teach one." While it may seem like she had a silver spoon in her mouth, she knows the importance of giving back.
    The Boys and Girls Club of Newark seems like the last place you'd expect to find the daughter of hip hop royalty. But when it comes to inspiring young girls, Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run of Run DMC, believes in the old adage "each one, teach one." While it may seem like she had a silver spoon in her mouth, she knows the importance of giving back.
  • NYSE rings bell for pediatric cancer awareness

    NYSE rings bell for pediatric cancer awareness

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:00:54 GMT
    On Wednesday, the world famous New York Stock Exchange closing bell rang in honor of pediatric cancer awareness. The Loccisano family says their beloved Frankie heard the bell all the way up in heaven. Frankie's grandmother says she is convinced of it. Camille Loccisano, Frankie's mother, is the executive director of Frankie's Mission, a nonprofit pediatric cancer foundation named in her son's honor.
    On Wednesday, the world famous New York Stock Exchange closing bell rang in honor of pediatric cancer awareness. The Loccisano family says their beloved Frankie heard the bell all the way up in heaven. Frankie's grandmother says she is convinced of it. Camille Loccisano, Frankie's mother, is the executive director of Frankie's Mission, a nonprofit pediatric cancer foundation named in her son's honor.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices