Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury are two of the most catastrophic claims that any Texas injury lawyer handles on behalf of a client. While these injuries commonly result from serious accidents, they also affect veterans, particularly those who have seen combat. This means that veterans’ hospitals play a key role in developing treatments and technologies to assist patients who have traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
For example, at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, Texas, medical staff is using robot-assisted walking therapy to help veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other neurological conditions. The system is designed to help patients who cannot move their legs under their own power get needed exercise and start rebuilding neural pathways that control leg movement. With regular use, some patients have regained sufficient control over their legs to be able to walk with assistance.
The device, known as a Lokomat, attaches to the patient’s legs and moves them in a natural walking pattern. A computer monitors the movement to ensure it mimics natural leg movement, improving range of motion, bone density, circulation, and communication between the brain and the legs.
Robot-assisted walking therapy has been used successfully not only in patients injured by war, but also those who suffer serious injuries in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, or workplace incidents. Researchers hope that eventually the technology will become commonplace, improving the chances that an injured person can relearn how to walk or to perform other daily tasks.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury that you believe was the result of another person’s negligence, contact us at Steele Law, P.C. for a free consultation today.