spinal-cord1Are you pondering upon what to do, to get a perfect cure for a spinal cord injury? We can guarantee you that your tensions will be relieved after reading through this because stem cell treatment is here !

Spinal injuries occurs mostly due to traumatic blows which may lead to either minor or major injuries to the spinal cord cells. In most of the cases the vertebral column, disc materials and ligaments destroys the axons. The most disheartening thing to know is that neurons generally does not get repaired quickly. Moreover it is found that both protectors of spinal cord - vertebral column and spinal fluid, causes the maximum damage to the spinal cord when an atrocity is met.

Even in minor cases of injury it may lead to paralysis.

Few years back, we are talking about a decade back, doctors could not give any hope to the patients suffering from minor injuries too, and only promised to give the patient relieve from the pain. The highest point of success would have been to make the patient able to walk with crutches on.

Improved emergency care for people with spinal cord injuries and aggressive treatment and rehabilitation can minimize damage to the nervous system and even restore limited abilities.  Respiratory complications are often an indication of the severity of spinal cord injury   About one-third of those with injury to the neck area will need help with breathing and require respiratory support. The steroid drug methylprednisolone appears to reduce the damage to nerve cells if it is given within the first 8 hours after injury.  Rehabilitation programs combine physical therapies with skill-building activities and counseling to provide social and emotional support

The advent of stem cell therapy opened a new dimension to spinal injury treatment.

figure4_smHans Keirstead and his colleagues in the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine have found that a human embryonic stem cell-derived treatment they developed was successful in restoring the insulation tissue for neurons in rats treated seven days after the initial injury, which led to a recovery of motor skills.

But the same treatment did not work on rats that had been injured for 10 months. The findings point to the potential of using stem cell-derived therapies for treatment of spinal cord damage in humans during the very early stages of the injury. The study appears in the May 11 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

“We’re very excited with these results. They underscore the great potential that stem cells have for treating human disease and injury,” Keirstead said. “This study suggests one approach to treating people who’ve just suffered spinal cord injury, although there is still much work to do before we can engage in human clinical tests.”

Thus it has been seen that stem cells are incorporating the damaged cells very fast. More researches and clinical trials are still awaited for clinical application.

Presently FDA has approved the research for the first time ever in US on embryonic stem cells for spinal cord injury treatment.

“It’s a milestone and it’s a breakthrough for the field” because Geron passed the safety hurdles for getting federal clearance to launch the study, said Ed Baetge, chief scientific officer of Novocell Inc. His company hopes to begin a similar human study for treating diabetes in a few years.

In addition, said spinal cord injury researcher Dr. Wise Young of Rutgers University, “a lot of hope of the spinal cord injury community is riding on this trial.”

Following the various trials on spinal cord injuries our blog has recorded many success stories from time to time. We would like to share a few with you. Click on the following links to move on: