New technological Breakthrough may help people with spinal cord injuries walk again.
A good friend of mine was in a bad car accident about a dozen years ago and suffered from a fractured neck. At the time, the doctors had doubts he would ever walk again because of where his neck was broken. Over time, he regained some of the use of his arms and legs however, he is markedly disabled. Others with spinal injuries are confined to wheelchairs, need accommodation and assistance and are permanently impaired, or are they?
A technological breakthrough in helping damaged spines to repair and be able to work again may be available soon to many people with these types in injuries. The procedure involves removing the Olfactory nerves responsible for smell and using a lab to get them to reproduce. Once the cells are prepared, they are applied to the damaged area of the spine and so far, the results look promising for those who have had spinal injuries.
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Incredible new treatment is bringing hope to these devastating injuries
A man paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack is walking again after undergoing surgery using cells responsible for the sense of smell, marking an advance in the search for treatments for spinal injuries.
Darek Fidyka, 38, received the cells after failing to recover from a stabbing in the back in 2010, according to University College London, whose doctors developed the procedure. The technique involves using olfactory ensheathing cells and placing them in the spinal cord.
The study gives hope to the thousands of people each year who suffer a severe spinal cord injury and must live the rest of their lives with permanently damaged body functions. Such injuries typically occur during sports or automobile crashes and there is no approved treatment to repair them.