Restoring Arm Mobility with Spinal Cord Stimulation

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Restoring Arm Mobility with Spinal Cord Stimulation

By using electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University help restore arm and hand movement in patients who survived severe strokes.
May 2, 2023

Restoring Arm Mobility with Spinal Cord Stimulation

In Episode 52, we were joined by Marc Powell to speak about the ground-breaking neuro-technology he and his team at Reach Neuro are working on to restore arm and hand movement in patients who survived severe strokes.

Globally, every fourth adult over the age of 25 will suffer a stroke in their lifetime, and 75% of those people will have lasting deficits in motor control of their arm and hand, severely limiting their physical autonomy.

In April 2023, the FDA granted breakthrough device designation for Reach Neuro’s Avantis, a platform that delivers small electrical impulses to the spinal cord to restore shoulder, arm, and hand movement to post chronic stoke patients.

The Avantis system is built to restore a patient’s ability to control movement directly, giving them not only immediate relief but also allowing it to be possible for them to return to therapy. Early evidence has shown the effectiveness of the system in patients with chronic stroke up to 9 years poststroke, outside of the 6 month window where existing therapies are typically used.

Connect with Marc on Twitter: @marcppowell

Visit the Reach Neuro Website:

Show Credits:

Music intro credit to Jake Dansereau, connect at JAKEEZo on Soundcloud @user-257386777.

Our intro welcome is the voice of Caroline Goggin, a stroke survivor and our first podcast guest! Please listen to her inspiring story on Episode 2 of the podcast.

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