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Noninvasive Stimulation Improves Hand Use After Spinal Cord Injury

therapy-newsBy using noninvasive stimulation, researchers were able to temporarily improve the ability of people with spinal cord injuries to use their hands. The findings, reported in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, hold promise in treating thousands of people in the United States alone who are partially paralyzed due to spinal cord injury.

“This approach builds on earlier work and highlights the importance of the corticospinal tract – which conducts impulses from the brain’s motor cortex to the spinal cord and is a major pathway contributing to voluntary movement – as an important target for intervention after spinal cord injury,” said Monica Perez of the University of Pittsburgh.
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