Parkinson’s: New treatment could allow patients to walk again

Deepak Gupta April 16, 2022
Updated 2022/04/16 at 5:10 PM

Because it is a highly debilitating disease, researchers invest in the search for solutions, or mitigations, for Parkinson’s disease. So a new treatment offers hope in the sense that it can help patients walk again.

This is, without a doubt, another step towards an improvement in the quality of life of patients.

Despite the known advances regarding the disease, patients with Parkinson's experience highly debilitating effects, which weaken their motor functions, and severely damage their lives. For this reason, researchers have been looking for ways to mitigate the disease, giving patients a better quality of life, as far as possible.

In many cases, patients are confined to a bed or wheelchair due to orthostatic hypotension – which is basically the drop in blood pressure when standing upright. Fortunately, and as a breath of hope, researchers seem to have found a treatment for this particular problem.

spinal cord illustration

According to an article published in the The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have developed an implant intended for the spinal cord and could eventually allow Parkinson's patients to get up and walk. The treatment made it possible for three paralyzed people to walk again.

The treatment developed by the researchers mimics the way the brain sends electrical impulses to the muscles, stimulating the brain's emitter that releases more blood when people stand up.

Although promising, researchers need to carry out more studies and tests on this implant for Parkinson's patients, in order to guarantee its viability and, eventually, more applications.

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