Repair of severe spinal cord injuries may soon be possible

Truck and car accidents often result in severe or catastrophic spinal cord damage. While there are treatments available to spinal cord patients, there is no cure or means to reverse the damage. However, that could change sooner than you might expect.

A group of researchers led by a professor with Chicago’s Northwest University has discovered a way of repairing spinal cord damage in paralyzed mice. The researchers hope to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration for use in humans.

How does it work?

The team injected paralyzed mice with a congealing fluid that created a network of nanofibers. The nanofibers mimic the natural structures in healthy spinal cords, essentially forming a scaffold-like supportive structure on which spine nerve fibers can regrow.

The scientists impregnated the nanofiber structure with signaling molecules to trigger the regrowth process. Within four weeks of receiving the therapy, acutely paralyzed mice regained “some” ability to walk again.

What are the key findings from this research?

An earlier story published by the U.S. News & World Report identified the following findings from this research.

  • Severed extensions (axons) of neurons regenerated in the mice
  • Injury scar tissue, which can interfere with repair and regeneration, declined significantly
  • Myelin, an insulating layer of the axons, reformed around cells
  • New blood vessels that deliver nutrients to the injury site cells formed
  • More motor neurons survived in the mice

Under New Mexico law, you have three years after the date of your car accident to complete your claim. You may also qualify for pain and suffering damages in addition to economic relief. If the therapy is approved for human use soon, the compensation you acquire after your crash can help you pay for the treatment. We also suggest learning more about accident and injury compensation to ensure you receive a fair settlement.

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