Non-invasive brain stimulation possible treatment avenue in spinal cord injury

Takeaway

  • Paired corticospinal-motor neuronal stimulation (PCMS) can be used to boost residual corticospinal connections and to augment exercise-mediated recovery in people with paralysis and spinal cord injury (SCI).

Why this matters

  • Currently, the effects of exercise-mediated rehabilitation in people with spinal cord injury are limited. Animal studies have suggested that the effects of exercise may be augmented by stimulating neural pathways that were spared by the injury.

  • Interventions that engage undamaged neural pathways in humans could improve functional outcomes following spinal cord injury. PCMS may be one such intervention.