Scientists Find Stem Cell-Physical Therapy Combination Can Reverse Spinal Injury

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New research suggests to spinal injury lawyers that stem cell therapy combined with physical therapy can help reverse spinal injury

New research suggests to spinal injury lawyers that stem cell therapy combined with physical therapy can help reverse spinal injury, enabling patients who have suffered paralysis as a result of these injuries to experience movement and sensation in their paralyzed limbs.

The research was conducted at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the researchers analyzed about 70 patients.  All these patients have suffered cervical or thoracic spinal injuries.  All of these patients had also earlier been treated using conventional spinal injury treatment techniques, but had not responded to the treatment.

The patients were randomly categorized into 2 groups.  Both of the groups were administered physical therapy to treat their spinal injury.  However, one of the groups was also administered a special stem cell therapy.  The stem cells for the therapy were extracted from the patients’ own bone marrow.

The patients were evaluated regularly over 14 months to determine if there was any change or improvement in their sensory and motor functions.  The researchers identified improvements using the American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale.

The researchers have confirmed that there were very few side effects when the patients were treated with stem cells.  Moreover, they also found a substantial improvement in the patients who received the stem cell therapy in addition to the physical therapy.

After about 12 weeks of the stem cell-physical therapy treatment, these patients reported that they have improved sensation and muscle strength in the affected areas.  They also reported enhanced potency, and also had much better bladder and bowel control.  Over a period of time, their bladder and bowel control improved so much that they were free of catheter.  In contrast, the patients who did not receive the stem cells showed no improvement.

Most spinal injuries are the result of slip and fall accidents or involvement in an auto accident or motorcycle accident.  Spinal injuries can be devastating, because there is no complete cure for these injuries.

 

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