Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Research Proves Promising

  • Jun 30 2015
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

According to a recent study, scientists involved in a clinical trial involving transplanted cells have discovered that some recipients have experienced modest improvements. According to the article, some patients with transplanted cells from the olfactory mucosa have combated spinal cord damage. Not only that, but the transplants are considered “promising and safe.”

According to researchers, “This study demonstrated that transplantation of OLP affected motor functional recovery as well as improvement in ASIA sensory scores; bladder compliance, sensation, and partial control; and daily life activities…” The study used 12 random patients with complete spinal cord injuries (SCI) and gave them OLP transplants. They team then followed the patients for three years. They gathered evidence which showed that “Most of the patients exhibited improvements within the first 12 to 24 months after surgery, and their functional recovery slowly increased [before plateauing] at 24 months after surgery.”

There appeared to be greater improvement in sensory than motor function, but the team noted that one patient experienced normalized bladder function and two out of eight experienced the return of bladder sensation by 24 months into the study. The team concluded that how the patients are treated post-injury, as well as their age and previous physical condition, may have an impact on the success of OLP transplants.

Spinal Cord Injury Causes

Spinal cord injuries are serious and can leave patients in pain as well as partially or completely paralyzed. These types of injuries affect vertebra and nerves in the spine as well as the spinal cord, which sends signals to the rest of the body. Typically, injuries are caused by a traumatic blow to the spine which fractures, dislocates or crushes the vertebrae. These types of injuries can be the result of any type of trauma such as a gunshot wound, a car accident, a workplace accident or a serious slip and fall.

If you have experienced a spinal cord injury in an accident in which someone else was at fault, you may have grounds to seek compensation. Spinal cord injuries involve intense medical intervention and can result in high medical bills. Furthermore, many spinal cord injuries result in a lifetime of pain, suffering and the inability to work or function normally. If you have suffered SCI of any type, call the team at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego today and see how we can help you fight for the maximum amount of compensation.

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