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New Controller Developed at UofL Improves Home Use of Epidural Stimulation for People With Spinal Cord Injuries

Keith Smith, who has tetraplegia, takes independent control of an implanted Medtronic Intellis Neurostimulator, allowing him to take advantage of the stimulator’s benefits.
 
When Keith Smith recently got a new tablet, it wasn’t for watching videos or scanning social media. Instead, this tablet allows Smith, who has tetraplegia, more independent control of an implanted Medtronic Intellis neurostimulator, allowing him to better take advantage of the stimulator’s benefits for the disabling effects of a spinal cord injury. Smith received the stimulator two years ago while participating in a study involving individuals paralyzed by spinal cord injuries at the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC). The stimulator has provided Smith benefits such as voluntary movement, increased trunk control and improved blood pressure regulation.
 

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