Shock therapy gives promising hope to paralyzed patients - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/11/10

New shock therapy device gives promising hope to paralyzed patients

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A brief shock is giving movement back to paralyzed patients.  It comes in the form a device called the Ness H200, which uses a little shock to spark the muscles back into action.

"We're going to stimulate the muscles that control the extension or the opening of your fingers and also the bend or the flexion of your fingers," said Heidi Thomas, an Occupational Therapist.

The device is intended to help people with neurological disorders such as stroke, brain or spinal trauma. The electrical stimulation targets specific muscles that need to be reawakened.

"They put the unit on and they got it fired up and my fingers just went straight out and I was absolutely thrill, I was like wow, look at this," said Kathy Heydorn, a patient.

In Kathy's case, after six weeks of using it, she says it has improved her hand function 75%.  The intensity level is whatever she can tolerate, the device is fairly simple to use and the goal is to get one for her to take home.

Now, if all this sounds familiar, Covenant Health System brought a similar device here to Lubbock.  Dr. Roger Wolcott has been using the Ness l300 to help stroke and other neurological patients regain mobility.  The Ness l300 is often used here to stimulate a foot that drags a little, helping the patient lift it and walk more naturally. 

If you'd like to know more this kind of functional electrical stimulation, call Covenant Health System and ask for Dr. Roger Wolcott.

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