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Keep up to date with the latest news and blog posts from Verita Neuro. Offering insights into our work and the field of neuroscience.

Understanding the Neuralink Brain Chip – A Brain-Computer Interface

The Neuralink brain chip is the coolest tech of the moment, but…what is it? Neurotechnology start-up company Neuralink hit the press in late January when founder Elon Musk announced that the company had implanted its brain chip into a human for the first time.

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Motorcycle Accident Spinal Injuries – An Interview With Paul

Motorcycle accident spinal injuries are common in the US. In fact, automobile and motorcycle accidents are some of the leading causes of spinal cord injury in the US. Paul Attaway was unfortunate enough to suffer a T8-level complete spinal cord injury as a result of his motorcycle accident, leaving him with a diagnosis of paraplegia.

Embracing The New Treatments For Spinal Cord Injuries At Verita Neuro

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are debilitating medical conditions with physical, psychological, and socio-economic consequences. Treatments for spinal cord injury should take all those factors into consideration. It is important to take a comprehensive approach, which aims to manage the symptoms and also has a more long-term vision of restoring motor, sensory and autonomic functions.

Independence After Spinal Cord Injury – A Patient Interview With Alison

Improving patients' independence after spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the main priorities for us at Verita Neuro. Epidural stimulation treatment is not a cure for SCI, but it is one of the most sophisticated treatments on the market in terms of improving patient independence and quality of life.

Spinal Cord Injury And Mental Health – The Benefits of Epidural Stimulation

Spinal cord injury (SCI) and mental health issues are often co-occurring. Not only are patients dealing with physical limitations but they also experience huge psycho-social consequences. Adults with SCI are 80% more likely than uninjured people to develop psychological difficulties, such as depression and anxiety.

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C4 Spinal Cord Injury – Patient Experience of Epidural Stimulation

C4 spinal cord injury is one of the most severe injury levels and commonly has a significant impact on the patient’s motor function. Many patients are left with quadriplegia and complete loss of independence. Epidural stimulation offers these patients a robust treatment option.

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Fractures And Osteoporosis After Spinal Cord Injury

Osteoporosis after spinal cord injury is extremely common. More than 50% of the patients with a complete spinal cord injury develop osteoporosis within 1st year of the injury and the prevalence rates go as high as 80% in long-term SCI patients.

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Improving spinal cord injury blood pressure regulation – Gavin’s Interview

Improving blood pressure regulation after spinal cord injury is challenging and often unsuccessful. Epidural stimulation offers patients an opportunity to improve a wide variety of functions, including autonomic function and motor function. Gavin, who is 26 years old, suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury in 2021 and came to Verita Neuro for treatment.

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Human Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells Definition & Use in SCI Treatment

Human amniotic fluid stem cells (hAFSCs) have been increasingly seen as a excellent choice for clinical application in recent years. Therefore, as an innovator in spinal cord injury and neurological disorder treatment, Verita Neuro have been using these cells for some time.

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Walking after SCI – Discussing Stepping Programs & More With Payton

Payton was in a car wreck, which left the 22 year old with a C4-level spinal cord injury. A year and a half later, he came to Verita Neuro Bangkok to receive epidural stimulation treatment. With his positive attitude and incredible support network, Payton saw some amazing results, including new movements in his upper body.

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Epidural Spinal Cord Stimulation – Treatment For Spasticity

Treatment for spasticity is one of the great benefits of epidural stimulation. Spasticity is a common feature of spinal cord injury (SCI) and is defined as a “velocity dependent increase in muscle tone”. It often causes spasms, which are sporadic muscle movements.

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Patient-Centered SCI Treatment – A Patient Interview With Dylan

Verita Neuro has always focused on offering patient-centered SCI treatment - collaborating with patients to create the best treatment plan for them. Dylan is a C5-level spinal cord injury patient who came to Verita Neuro in early 2023 and worked with our team to create his treatment plan.

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Utilizing a Double Epidural Electrical Stimulation Implant For SCI

The use of the epidural electrical stimulation implant has been extensively clinically trialled and Verita Neuro is the first to offer this solution to the general population. Patients are fitted with one or two implants, based on their specific needs, injury type and injury level.

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Getting motivated after spinal cord injury – Interview With Horacio

One of the great challenges for many patients is staying motivated after spinal cord injury. Further to that, nearly half of patients (48.5%) suffer with mental health problems. Horacio speaks about how he regained motivation after his epidural stimulation treatment with Verita Neuro.

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Thermoregulation After SCI – How Can Epidural Stimulation Help?

Poor thermoregulation after SCI is one of many acute and chronic complications which spinal cord injury survivors face. As well as the loss of motor and sensory functions, patients also lose autonomic function. Autonomic dysregulation is the cause of a patient's inability to regulate body temperature, as the sympathetic nervous system which controls this function is affected.

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Rehabilitation Schedule Post Spinal Cord Injury – Interview With Christian

Maintaining a solid rehabilitation schedule following spinal cord injury is extremely beneficial to progress and healing. Christian is fortunate enough to have been able to balance his work with his rehabilitation, after returning home with a solid foundation from Verita Neuro, Thailand.

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Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction & Spinal Cord Injury

Neurogenic bowel dysfunction, along with neurogenic bladder dysfunction, is one of the most limiting and debilitating complications of a spinal cord injury (SCI). The majority of patients with spinal cord injuries experience bowel dysfunction as having a major impact on their quality of life

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Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction & Spinal Cord Injury – The Links

After any kind of spinal cord pathology, the majority of patients suffer from neurogenic bladder dysfunction. Whether the injury is traumatic or non-traumatic, both the bowel and bladder are normally affected. Loss of control of bladder function results in urinary incontinence, urinary retention, renal impairment and increased likelihood of kidney stones.

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Getting Treatment Outside of SCI Clinical Trials – Interview With Alison

Following a horse riding accident which left her with an incomplete C6-C7 level spinal cord injury (SCI), Alison Leclerc was looking for treatment. After doing a lot of research, Alison realised she didn’t want to wait for the results of SCI clinical trials to be able to begin taking steps to recover.

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Lumbar Spinal Stimulation – A Patient Interview With Zachary

Zachary is a C6 level spinal cord injury patient, receiving lumbar spinal stimulation after having a stimulator implanted at the T12 level. This is the part mainly responsible for locomotion and muscle function in lower limbs. As a result of this treatment, Zachary saw amazing results, which fundamentally have given him hope of regaining independence.

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What Is LamiSpine? Exploring The Innovative Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

The name LamiSpine is a neologism, derived from the word ‘laminectomy’ and spinal cord injection. The procedure is designed to create an optimized delivery method for stem cells, where they are directly injected into the lesion site after a laminectomy is performed.

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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation For Spinal Cord Injury

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a medical specialty, the focus of which is restoring function for people who have been disabled by disease, disorder, or injury. This covers all of our patients at Verita Neuro, where we primarily treat patients affected by spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or neurological disorders.

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Epidural Stimulation Progress | A Patient Interview | Joao Becker

In the words of Dr Rodrigo Vilches, Joao from Brazil is one of our ‘star patients’! He has a T9 level spinal cord injury and came for epidural stimulation treatment and had his epidural stimulator placed in 2021. He came back in 2022 for remapping, more stem cell injection and physical therapy.

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Verita Neuro Shares Unique Epidural Stimulation Patient Experiences

Whilst there is clinical literature on epidural stimulation for spinal cord injury available, less common are epidural stimulation patient experiences. This is because the treatment is not readily available outside of clinical trials. Verita Neuro is the only commercial provider of this next-generation treatment, which offers patients the chance to regain lost functions and independence.

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Neuroplasticity: An Essential Part Of Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Neuroplasticity is an essential part of spinal cord injury recovery. This ability within the brain is what makes recovery possible. The rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury was previously based on the assumption that the nervous system is irreparable after injury. Research shows progress can be made with either physiotherapy or other therapeutic methods.

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World-Leading Spinal and Neurological Treatment Experts Open Cutting-Edge Clinic in Mexico

Verita Neuro’s revolutionary treatment facility for spinal cord injury, Mexico, has opened a new, state of the art, purpose-built clinic. Located within modern Real San José Hospital in Guadalajara, contains an advanced stem cell laboratory, in-house patient suites, next-generation neuro rehabilitation equipment including robotic exoskeletons, hydrotherapy tanks and treatment rooms.

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Use Of Stem Cells For Spinal Cord Injury Treatment – Verita Neuro

Using stem cells for spinal cord injury treatment has been trialled for over a decade. Many patients have seen great success with stem cell implantation as part of Verita Neuro’s treatment, stem cells are used to improve sensory function and also help to improve the impact of the epidural stimulation treatment on motor function.

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Spinal Cord Injury Physiotherapy – Link To Recovery Outcomes

After a spinal cord injury physiotherapy is one of the most important forms of treatment a patient can receive. Taking part in a physical therapy program in the early stages after injury is essential in order to reduce the possibility of further complications after a spinal cord injury.

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Long-Term Complications of Spinal Cord Injury | The Chronic Consequences of SCI

The complications of spinal cord injury (SCI) extend far beyond the more obvious loss of physical functions - motor, sensory and autonomic. There are many physical, psychological and socioeconomic complications. Chronic complications are a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality and result in frequent hospitalizations.

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Building The Core – Interview Two With Ryan

Improving core strength is a big focus in treating spinal cord injuries, as it contributes to the regaining of many functions. In this second progress interview, Ryan Straschnitzki, who received epidural stimulation treatment for spinal cord injury, covers the benefits he personally has seen to his core, as well as other insights.

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Spinal Cord Injury And UTI – Treating Urinary Tract Infections

Neurogenic bladder dysfunction is among the leading problems in patients suffering from both complete and incomplete spinal cord injury. It results in impairments in storage and voiding capacity and results in frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in this group of patients.

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Spinal Cord Injury Recovery – Interview One With Ryan

Ryan Straschnitzki’s spinal cord injury recovery journey with epidural stimulation began in 2019. He sustained his injury in early 2018, after he was involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, an awful accident which occurred as his team traveled to an ice hockey game. He came to Bangkok, Thailand late in 2019.

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Spinal Cord Injury And Age – Does Patient Age Impact Recovery?

The correlation between successful recovery from spinal cord injury and age is noticeable, with younger patients tending to achieve better results. The reasons for this however are varied, with both statistics and general health playing key factors.

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Double Epidural Stimulator Implant | A Patient Interview With Edward

Double epidural stimulator recipient Edward was a returning patient to Verita Neuro when we interviewed him. The first treatment was for upper body function and a small Neuro Stimulator was implanted for his upper body function at the cervical level. With his second treatment, he received the same stimulator for his lower body function.

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Post-Spinal Cord Injury Sex – How To Improve Sexual Function

Following a spinal cord injury, sex will inevitably change, become difficult and often become impossible. Traumatic spinal cord injury results in a vast array of functional and nonfunctional changes in the body ranging, from loss of motor and sensory functions to changes in hormone levels.

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Living With Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury – A Patient Interview With Karla

Incomplete spinal cord injury patients usually retain some level of sensory and/or motor function below their injury level. Epidural stimulation can be especially effective for these patients, and Dr. Nasir spoke to Karla about her experiences and the benefits which she saw from her treatment.

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Using Exosomes Therapy As Treatment For Spinal Cord Injury

Using Exosomes therapy to treat spinal cord injury is a relatively new process. Exomes themselves have only been recognised in the literature in the past 60 years, with detailed descriptions and naming only coming in the 1980s. We are working with exomes at Verita Neuro.

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Suffering A Car Accident Spine Injury – A Patient Interview With Gordon

Car accident spine injury is the most common type of spinal cord injury, with one study showing that 31.5% of all cases were the result of automobile crashes. Gordon is one of our patients, injured in a motor vehicle accident, who came to our Thailand site for epidural stimulation treatment.

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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation: The Importance of Physio After SCI

The management of SCI patients must be multidisciplinary, involving many healthcare professionals and services. One of the most important consultants are physiotherapists. They treat an array of different problems related to SCI and these involve many body systems, even though the underlying pathology is neurological in nature.

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Athlete With Spinal Cord Injury: An Interview With Barry Wilcox

Clinical exercise physiologist, college instructor, and athlete Barry Wilcox is certainly a man of many talents. He received epidural stimulation treatment with Verita Neuro in 2021, 27 years after his injury. He was kind enough to co-host a Q and A with our Medical Director Dr. Nasir, talking about his experience.

Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Facility In Canada

Leading global provider of advanced spinal cord injury treatments, Verita Neuro, has this month started offering its services in Calgary, Canada. Working in partnership with established local neuro-rehabilitation centre, Synaptic, this will be Verita Neuro’s first rehabilitation support centre in North America.

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Complications of spinal cord injury

The complications of spinal cord injury extend beyond the loss of motor function. There are a wide range of symptoms, which vary from case to case. Every year, approximately 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide suffer from spinal cord injury.

Recovery After C5 Spinal Cord Injury: A Patient Interview with Kamron

C5 spinal cord injury is the most common occurrence of SCI, with 50% affecting the cervical level generally. Therefore, we treat many patients with injury at the cervical level, who are experiencing quadriplegia. Kamron is one such patient. He is also one of the few patients who have received a double spinal cord stimulator implant.