A wireless, electronically controlled glove meant to help teach students how to play the piano has become a surprisingly useful instrument in helping spinal cord injury victims recover. The gadget, which uses a small box on the back of a glove to vibrate individual fingers in order to help users identify which fingers they should use while playing the piano, has helped rehabilitating patients make surprising gains in a study conducted at Georgia Institute of Technology, according to Fox News.
The glove was used on patients with tetraplegia, a partial paralysis in the limbs, which has occurred due to injuries suffered approximately one year before the study. During the study, spinal cord injury patients were required to practice piano for 30 minutes for three times each week for eight weeks, with half wearing the glove and the other half not. Additionally, patients wore the glove two hours per day for five days a week with only feeling the vibrations, which would help them to learn to play faster.
At the end of the study, patients performed grabbing and sensing tests, with those who used the glove having much better results than those who did not. Some of the participants revealed that they were able to feel the texture of bed sheets and clothes for the first time since they were injured. According to researchers, significant improvement in rehab one year after an injury is rare for those who suffered a paralyzing injury.
Research such as this study helps to provide new and crucial avenues for spinal cord injury victims to recover, but treatment is often difficult and expensive. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses and the medical care required to recover. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Beverly Hills spinal cord injury lawyers can help you find success in your search for justice and compensation. For more information on how we can help you, contact us at (310) 273-1230.