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Could Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries Walk Again?
Could we see a day where patients with spinal cord injuries walk again? There is the slight possibility as an injectable peptide is headed for clinical trials beginning in 2020, according to a report from BioSpace. Jerry Silver developed the treatment method, which has shown very robust results in clinical trials performed on animals. Silver is a professor at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. Some of the work that has led up to the clinical trials was the result of decades of work, including one discovery made 30 years ago.
“You can think of the scar as flypaper to all cell types that have the receptor,” Silver said in an interview with BioSpace. “The job of the scar is to create a bandage around the lesion, but in doing so it blocks regeneration.”
Results from Animal Clinicals
The results from animal clinicals performed with the injectable peptide have been encouraged for Silver and his colleagues when it comes to recovering from spinal cord injuries. According to results published by Silver, every animal tested showed an improvement in the function of their bladder. Some animals also regained the ability to walk. The results were then replicated on an independent basis using an increased dosage. The results from this experiment were better than those of the one conducted by Silver.
The Overall Goal of the Clinicals
The overall goal of the clinical trials, according to Silver, is to provide patients with spinal cord injuries a chance at regaining the ability to walk, either entirely or partially. Even if the medication works, patients will still require physical therapy to regain motion in their body. But, the medicine would hopefully help improve the prognosis that comes with such an injury and how debilitating it is for victims.
There are more than 200,000 Americans living with spinal cord injuries and an estimated 17,000 new cases occur every single year. On top of all this, more than 1 million Americans suffer from a peripheral nerve injury, tissue scarring, and nerve damage.
Exercises for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries
Below, you will find a list of the best exercises for patients who have spinal cord injuries:
- Focus on the flexibility of your shoulder, proper mechanics, and shoulder strength
- Integrate strengthening programs for your back and your core
- Perform a pec stretch when lying on your back
- Stretch anterior muscles when lying on your stomach
- Perform ITYs and lat pulldowns to strengthen back muscles
- Take up exercises and sports you are comfortable performing and enjoy doing
Schedule a Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney Today
Did you or a loved one suffer spinal cord injuries in a Connecticut motor vehicle or construction accident? If so, you need to protect your rights and begin building a case against the parties responsible for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio in Waterbury at (203) 573-0019 to schedule a consultation about your case. We will fight for the compensation you deserve so you are not straddled with medical bills and debt.