Study Highlights Prospective Spinal Cord Injury Treatment
Traumatic spinal cord injuries affect nearly 1.25 million people in the U.S., leading to incomplete or absolute paralysis and a loss of sensory below the point of injury. A recent Reuters story reports that a study published in the Public Library of Science Journal has revealed the potential of fixing damaged spinal cords within weeks or even months after an accident.
The study’s results derive from immature human nerve cells that were transferred into the spines of mice, in which the mice were able to walk better after the insertion. Some mice received the cells a month after their spines were surgically severed, which demonstrates that the potential of spinal cord injury treatment may exceed the few days after an accident in order to be successful.
While the procedures performed in this study may not be applied to humans any time soon, or at all, spinal cord treatment research plays a role in determining new and more effective ways of helping injured individuals regain motor functions and sensory abilities.
Auto accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injury for those below the age of 65. Individuals 65 years old and above are more susceptible to suffering spinal cord injury from fall-related accidents. With these prominent causes in mind, and considering that an estimated 11,000 Americans endure a spinal cord injury each year, spinal cord injury and accident awareness play an important role in prevention.
When a spinal cord injury is brought about by another person’s negligence in a car accident, motorcycle collision, slip and fall accident, or another type of incident, the injury victim can seek compensation from negligent parties for hospital bills, treatment, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other damages. As an experienced San Diego spinal cord injury attorney, Steven Elia will handle your case with sensitivity, utilizing his legal knowledge and skill to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Call 619-444-2244 today for a free consultation.