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Promising clinical trial for spinal cord injuries brings hope

Learning how to live life again after a spinal cord injury often means having to learn how to live with significant limitations. This can be a source of frustration for the victims of these injuries; however, hope might be forthcoming thanks to an innovative study that was recently done at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The clinical trial done by UPMC used neural stem-cell treatment to try to restore some of the functions lost because of a spinal cord injury. The early results indicate that this could be a therapeutic option for people who suffer from quadriplegia or paraplegia because of an injury to the spinal cord.

As part of the treatment, thousands of stem cells are injected into the patient. They are placed near or on the spinal cord at locations that are both above and below the site of the injury.

Currently, there is a Phase II trial that is working with patients who have cervical spinal cord injuries that have rendered them paralyzed. The paralysis must be complete in the legs and at least partial in the arms. It is hoped that all of the clinical trials that are being done will lead to the United States Food and Drug Administration approving the neural stem-cell treatment for spinal cord injuries.

As it stands now, therapy like this is only a dream for many. For those patients, finding ways to improve the quality of life is a primary focus. Seeking compensation is one way that victims of spinal cord injuries in Oklahoma can get the things they need to live life to the fullest.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "UPMC’s clinical trial showing promise with spinal cord injuries," David Templeton, Feb. 26, 2016

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