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Stem cell trials bring hope for spinal cord injury victims

It's probably not surprising that spinal cord injury tends to be one of the most devastating types of injury a person can experience. This vital area of the body affects so many other parts of a person, and injury to one's spinal cord can be truly life-altering in countless ways. Many victims of spinal cord injuries face lengthy rehabilitation periods, long-term medical care and the huge medical expenses that come with an injury so comprehensive in its effects.

In any event, a Wilmington spinal cord injury attorney can help a victim assess their situation and determine if negligence caused their affliction. Fortunately, negligent parties can be held accountable for accidents leading to these severe injuries. These injury victims may have another reason to be hopeful: according to a recent report, those with quadriplegia and paraplegia may be positively aided by treatment utilizing neural stem cells.

A clinical trial out of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center showed that over half of the patients who participated in the stem cell procedure reported being able to feel new sensations in the body. Specifically, several of the participants with thoracic injuries reported new feelings in the middle of their backs below the area of injury. Another trial involved patients who reported increased strength in their upper bodies as well as improved dexterity half a year after their surgeries. According to one of the trial's principal investigators, these developments are hugely exciting.

With medical science advancing every day, there are many reasons for spinal cord injury victims to have a healthy amount of hope for their future. Advances are also being made in the area of rehabilitation, meaning injury victims can do more than they ever could before. Still, these advances are usually very costly, and accident victims often need all of the help they can get. Consulting with an attorney can begin the process of gaining compensation for one's spinal cord and other injuries.

Source: The Bulletin, "Trial showing promise for spinal cord injuries," David Templeton, March 1, 2016

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