Spinal Cord Injuries 5

Friday, September 10, 2010

Over the last decade, technological advances are allowing people with spinal cord injuries to lead more normal lives. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the technology in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

There are several medical devices that can assist people with paralysis from spinal cord injuries. These include:

- Modern wheelchairs new materials make wheelchairs more lightweight, some as little as 10 pounds. This allows a person with limited strength to fold and transport the wheelchair easily. There is a wheelchair that can climb stairs and elevate to help people reach higher.

- Computer devices computers and voice activated controls allow people with paralysis to operate an electric wheelchair, use a telephone, pay bills on-line and do other routine activities. Computer devices can also assist with bathing, dressing, feeding and grooming.

- Electrical stimulation devices these devices use electrical stimulation to produce actions. They may be external or implanted under the skin. These devices bypass the injured spinal cord and allow more normal muscle function.

Thanks to new technologies, treatments and devices, people with a spinal cord injury can play basketball, paint and take photographs, get married, raise children and have rewarding jobs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.