Robotic Rehabilitation helps Rats Recover from Spinal Cord Injuries

Researchers found that rats with partially-severed spinal cords could recover the ability to walk with a combination of drug injections and electrical stimulation, plus of course physical therapy. The basic idea behind it is that this treatment works on building and utilizing alternative neural pathways, rather than the spinal cord, to bypass the injury. It’s a pretty neat finding and provides a new direction for researchers to take when considering how to develop treatments for spinal injuries. Plus there’s this cute picture of a rat in a harness!


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