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Spinal cord injury patients find benefits from locomotor therapy

A developing treatment option for spinal cord injury patients called locomotor therapy is helping to bridge the gap between hope and proof that people can recover from these catastrophic injuries. The amount of recovery will vary depending on the severity of a person's injury, but with spinal cord injuries, any recovery can be seen as a major victory.

The concept behind locomotor therapy is to use motion in the pattern of walking. This can help train the spinal cord to control these functions, a responsiblity previously left to the brain. Through research, scientists have discovered that the spinal cord acts as more than just wiring delivering commands from the brain, but can itself be trained to send commands telling muscles what to do.

These therapies require many steps for spinal cord injury patients in Lake Charles. Patients must speak with their doctors about their options, and one of their options might be seeking out locomotor therapies, which can include many different steps and years of therapy.

People who are injured because of another person's negligence might be wise to speak with an experienced Lake Charles attorney. An attorney can help a person seek compensation to pay for expensive medical therapies. Even with insurance, a person might quickly find themselves unable to pay for medical expenses, alterations and accommodations they might need to their house, and future physical therapies to help improve their condition. This can sometimes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars over many years or over the course of a person's life.

Source: The Denver Post, "Rehab centers adopt motion-based treatments for spinal-cord patients," Michael Booth, Oct. 28, 2013

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