My name is Justin Brown. I'm a neurosurgeon here at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and I'm a director of the Massachusetts General Paralysis Center. And at the paralysis center, we treat all sorts of injuries to the nervous system, from brain injuries to spinal cord injuries, to injuries to the peripheral nerves resulting in weakness and paralysis. Our center is probably the most comprehensive center in the world for the treatment of these disorders that cause weakness and paralysis to restore function and get people back to their lives, adding additional quality of life and better function. Unlike other centers around the world that treat a specific disease process, like some centers focus on brachial plexus injuries, and there are some centers that focus on cervical spinal cord injury, restoring hand function, our center is the only one that approaches every type of disorder causing weakness and paralysis across the board. We find that there are lots of treatments that can cross over from one entity to the other. The restoration of hand function and spinal cord injury is very similar approach to the restoration of hand function in brachial plexus injury. The restoration of shoulder function in a stroke also translates over to the way we restore shoulder function in a brachial plexus injury. So we found that to limit our practice to all disorders resulting in weakness or paralysis has opened us up to be able to treat many more entities that are offered at other centers.
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