Spinal Cord Stroke
In some cases, a blood clot or other obstruction will cut off blood flow to the spinal cord instead of to the brain, causing the spinal cord to be without oxygen. This is called a spinal cord stroke, and it is just as dangerous as ischemic, hemorrhagic, or TIA strokes. The longer the spinal cord lacks a connection to the brainstem and the rest of the body, the more likely it is that a patient will see the onset of paralysis.
Clinicians will usually diagnose a spinal cord stroke by administering an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan to understand exactly where the issue is along the spinal cord and the most effective treatment plan. Here, a bionic leg or other exoskeleton devices, such as EksoNR which has been pioneered by Ekso Bionics, can be useful in regaining some of the functions that may have been lost when the spinal cord stroke occurred.
Having a stroke doesn’t have to be the end of life as you’ve known it, even if you find yourself with a disability or impairment. Clinicians are very positive about the potential impacts that the bionic “wearable robot” Ekso Bionics offers can make when it comes to patient care and intervention. Even though it may seem like a long haul towards increased motor control and even walking again, the truth is that it may be closer than you believe it to be. The very human capacity to overcome and innovate is leading the charge towards increased recovery. Across the U.S., physical therapists are already using robotics and equipment to advance functional abilities.