UCLA Study: Paralyzed People Regain Use of Their Hands with Non-Invasive Spinal Stimulation

Ability to Perform Simple Tasks is Returned Years After Spinal Cord Injury Simple tasks like turning a doorknob or opening a water bottle can make a significant difference in peoples lives following a spinal cord injury. A team of scientists led by UCLA, has published a report in the Journal of Neurotrauma concerning six individuals with severe spinal cord injuries. All six have regained the use of their hands and fingers after years of disability following a nonsurgical, noninvasive spinal stimulation developed by the research team. Three of the subjects were completely paralyzed prior to undergoing the procedure. At the commencement of the study, three of [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:46:22+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Spinal Cord Injury|0 Comments

Why You Need an Attorney for an Auto Accident Spinal Cord Injury

Your daily routine is going as expected. Your kids just boarded the school bus and you are on the short drive home to begin your own day. Your morning is abruptly interrupted when you get the call that every spouse dreads. Your husband was injured in a car accident on his way to work. You are told that you must get to the hospital as soon as possible. At the hospital a doctor meets you and informs you that your husband has suffered a spinal cord injury and has lost all feeling from the waist down. More tests are needed to determine the severity of the [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:42:47+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Spinal Cord Injury|0 Comments

Spinal Cord Injury Patients Regain Movement Through Stem Cell Therapy

A new trial, employing stem cell therapy, has aided the recovery of two-thirds of six subjects suffering from spinal cord injury paralysis. Significant recovery was apparent in at least one side of the subject’s paralysis with a rate of 67 percent, which is greater than twice the rate of recovery in past-published data. A surgical injection of 10 million cells was given to each of the six subjects of the study, all of which had lost all motor functions below the point of the injury. The results of this trial were beyond anything that Dr. Richard G. Fessler at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago had [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:39:49+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Spinal Cord Injury|0 Comments

Nerve Discovery Gives Hope to Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Researchers in Australia have discovered that half of all patients with major spinal cord injuries display surviving sensory nerve connections. Dr. Sylvia Gustin of Neuroscience Research Australia recorded how 23 people living with severe spinal cord injuries responded to touch detected by advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The finding, which astonished scientists, showed that many people, who completely lacked feeling in their extremities, were still registering the touch in their brains. “We found using functional MRI, activity in the brain was detected in 48 percent of patients with clinically complete spinal cord injury,” Dr. Gustin said. “This means despite previously believing the communication to the brain [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:36:03+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Spinal Cord Injury|0 Comments

Spinal Cord Injury – Diagnosis and Treatment

The spinal cord is a bundle of nervous tissue and support cells that extends from the brain to the lumbar region of the spinal column. There are 31 pairs of nerves that extend from the spinal cord and lead to the arms, legs, chest and abdomen. Signals from the brain use these nerves to command muscles and cause movements of the arms and legs. The nerves from the upper portion of the spinal cord control the arms while those from the lower portion control the legs. The nerves also control heart rate, breathing rate, bowel and bladder function. Other nerves travel back through the arms and [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:16:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Spinal Cord Injury|0 Comments

Common Misconceptions About Spinal Cord Injury

If you have not experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) or worked closely with someone that has, chances are great that you are ignorant to some degree of what life with an SCI is really like. It is important that, through awareness education, families who are learning to cope with SCI do not use the wrong ideas. Some Myths and Misconceptions About Spinal Cord Injury Never moving again is always the prognosis Each persons injury and recovery results differ. There is always some loss of sensory and motor function, but at greatly varying levels. Even in a person classified as quadriplegic there may be limited use [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:09:37+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Spinal Cord Injury|0 Comments

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