The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur Se habla espanol
  • Toll Free 877-892-0197
  • North New Jersey 973-200-6629
  • South New Jersey 609-207-7905
Related Areas

New technology may help nerve disorders, disabilities

Although spinal injuries are perhaps the most recognizable cause of nerve disorders, there are many other conditions that may result in peripheral neuropathy, or a disruption in the signals between the brain and the rest of the body. When that communication is impaired, an individual may be unable to use his hands, let alone perform work duties like writing, typing on a keyboard, answering phones, or operating electronic devices.

New Jersey readers may already know of one common example of peripheral neuropathy: carpal tunnel syndrome. Workers with that impairment have sustained damage to their carpal tunnel nerve, which runs through the wrist and carries brain signals to the hands. The damage usually involves nerve compression caused by repetitive stress on the nerve. Symptoms may include numbness in their wrists, an inability to grip a mouse or other object, and limited finger mobility. In severe cases, workers may no longer be able to perform their office duties, due to an inability to use their computers.

Peripheral neuropathy can also result from medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, infections like AIDS or shingles, and even alcoholism. Diabetic neuropathy may manifest as tingling or los of sensation in the limbs, organ dysfunction, and joint injuries. However, symptoms can widely vary. For that reason, eligibility for Social Security disability insurance benefits usually required medical evidence of how the neuropathy impairs work functions.

The prognosis for victims of peripheral neuropathy has historically been grim. However, new research is looking at ways to bypass the damaged nerve lines. One recent breakthrough involves a device, called the BrainAble system, which can read electrical brain signals, and transfer those commands into action. Using sensors that are monitored by a computer, the signals translate brain impulses into movements.

Source: phys.org, “New system interprets brain signals of people with disabilities, helps them to interact with their environment,” May 14, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Our Firm For A Free Initial Consultation | Se Habla Español

For assistance anywhere in the state, please send an email or call 973-200-6629 (toll free 1-855-200-4118).

Our offices are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we return all calls as promptly as possible.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

West Caldwell Office
195 Fairfield Avenue
Suite 2C
West Caldwell, NJ 07006

Toll Free: 877-892-0197
Phone: 973-200-6629
Fax: 973-364-1348
Map & Directions

Absecon Office
508 New Jersey Ave
Building B
Suite 1B
Absecon, NJ 08201

Toll Free: 877-892-0197
Phone: 609-207-7905
Map & Directions

  • Toll Free: 877-892-0197
  • Fax: 973-364-1348
  • Phone: 973-200-6629
  • Toll Free: 877-892-0197
  • Phone: 609-207-7905