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Paraplegics walk again thanks to virtual reality

August 13, 2016

A combination of motorized exoskeletons and virtual reality could help paraplegics regain some control of paralyzed limbs, according to a new study.

Eight patients who were totally paralyzed from spinal cord injury and had responded to previous types of rehabilitation were chosen for the study.

They took part in a training program that involved virtual reality training and walking with a custom-designed lower-limb exoskeleton.

Following this, they recovered voluntary muscle function below their spinal cord injury and experienced sensations like touch and pain.

They also regained some bladder and bowel control, as well as improved cardiovascular function.

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