As we all know paralysis is a major problem for not only the patient but also for all those who care about the patient. Electro stimulation is being recognized as being able to help patients overcome certain paralysis.
In recent years we've seen the quick use of chilling agents to slow down the inflammatory processes resulting in prevention but that is new and requires knowledgeable clinicians with the necessary equipment. What is missing is those preponderant situations where the damage has been done and the patient is left paralyzed post injury.
It has been known for many decades that the electrical reactions in our body are precursors to any chemical changes occurring. We use electricity to facilitate bones healing and bed sores healing so to use e-stim for assistance in teaching our brain new pathways to accomplish functional movement should not be surprising. Many times if we use estim as a precursor for chemical changes and then couple that with use of estim for functional motor nerve stimulation it appears we actually are helping the brain learn new electrical discharge patterns that could result in ambulation, movement etc.
Here is article recently published at UCLA on getting step closer to helping the patient in paralysis. This is about progress with paralysis of rats but the basics are advancing.
Let's keep our fingers crossed more research done quickly will result in advances.