Epidural electrical stimulation enabled standing and walking in a person with paraplegia
The following article, from April 2017, reports a case of a man with complete paraplegia for over 3 years. He received epidural electrical stimulation (EES) of the spine. His gains were amazing!
1- voluntary movement of muscles in the legs
2- voluntary control of muscles to produce a steplike movement in sidelying
3- independent standing
4- voluntary steplike movements when his body weight is partially supported
This is the first time that the application of EES enabled all of these tasks in the same patient within the first 2 weeks of therapy!