Virtual Reality and Exoskeleton Help Paraplegics Partially Recover, Study Finds

Virtual reality may mostly be used for gaming or entertainment, but researchers have discovered a stunning side-effect that suggests it may help restore feeling and movement in patients with seemingly irreversible spinal cord injuries, a new study shows.

Researchers at Duke University were able to return some muscle movement and sensation in paraplegic patients after simultaneously using virtual reality and brain-controlled robotics to attempt an experimental rehab therapy, according to a small study published today in Scientific Reports by Nature.

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