A study conducted at Emory’s Center for Rehabilitation Medicine shows short periods of breathing low oxygen levels can help some patients with spinal cord injuries walk better.
The research was published in the Nov. 27, 2013 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
“About 59 percent of all spinal injuries are incomplete, which means the injury leaves pathways that could enable the spinal cord to change in a way that allows people to walk again,” says study author Randy D. Trumbower, PT, PhD, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine, Emory University School of Medicine. “Unfortunately, a person affected by this type of spinal injury seldom recovers the ability to walk normally, however, our research proposes a promising new way for the spinal cord to make the connections needed to walk better.”
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