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Stem cell treatment for spinal cord injuries may be coming

Many people in Florida have suffered a spinal cord injury. Many others will suffer them in the future. These injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways, but no matter how spinal cord injuries happened, they can have devastating results for the victim. Often the person suffers paralysis for at least some time. Some may gain movement back over time, but many others will be permanently paralyzed.

There has been progress in the treatment for spinal cord injuries over the years, and the ultimate goals is always to find a cure. One neurosurgeon had been experimenting with a treatment by injecting stem cells at the site of the injury to repair the nerve damage and ultimately to allow the victim to gain movement again. The funding was stopped, but recently the neurosurgeon was able to begin the experimental treatment again.

The goal is to now inject the stem cells into the cervical spine, which controls the movement of the hands and arms. Many spinal cord victims are able to control their upper arms but not their hands. If the treatment works, it would allow the victim to regain control of the triceps, which would allow the person to control the hands.

If this new treatment is effective, it would be a major breakthrough for the victims of spinal cord injuries. These are very devastating injuries that completely change a person's life. They are also very costly as they require an extensive amount of medical treatment. If the injury was caused by another's negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation. This can pay for medical expenses and lost earnings, two things known all too well to spinal cord injury victims.

People in Florida who have suffered a spinal cord injury may be able to regain some movement with this new stem cell treatment. However, the medical expenses associated these injuries, even if the new treatment is successful, can be astronomical. Experienced personal injury attorneys understand the life-changing effects of a spinal cord injury and can guide a victim through the process of obtaining compensation.

Source:, "Treatment for spinal cord injuries give renewed hope for patients," Dina Bair and Katharin Czink, August 13, 2015

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