DBS in Popular Culture
This short video shows how science and technology can change someones entire life. 20 years ago something like this would not have even been possible. Dystonia is a movement disorder in the same family as Parkinsons that affects movements. The brain signals don't work properly and cause muscles to be constantly contracting with each other making it difficult or even impossible for some people to walk. DBS was introduced for Dystonia about 12 years ago (it was previously used to treat Parkinsons and depression) and has provided great improvement for many patients. By implanting leads into the brain to change the brain wave lengths and signals the electrodes are able to change the muscle activity into preforming more normally. It often takes months and even years to find the specific "settings" for each patient seeing as everyone is different. The leads are then attached to a battery that is located in the chest. Most batteries last up to six years, but some as few as 6 months. A rechargeable battery has been introduced and is now the preferred option for most people.
I have done much research on this topic over the past 11 years since I was diagnosed and am looking forward to reading and experiencing the new advances in technology that are bound to be made.