Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury (SCI) refers to any injury to the spinal cord that is caused by trauma instead of disease. Depending on where the spinal cord and nerve roots are damaged, the symptoms can vary widely, from pain to paralysis to incontinence. Spinal cord injuries are described at various levels of “incomplete”, which can vary from having no effect on the patient to a “complete” injury which means a total loss of function.
Typical treatment of spinal cord injuries starts with restraining the spine and controlling inflammation to prevent further damage. In many cases, spinal cord injuries require substantial physical therapy and rehabilitation, especially if the patient’s injury interferes with activities of daily life.
Spinal cord injuries have many causes, but are typically associated with major trauma from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, and violence. Research into treatments for spinal cord injuries includes controlled hypothermia and stem cells, though many treatments have not been studied thoroughly and very little new research has been implemented in standard care.
Blue Horizon Stem Cells currently exploring research protocols for patients with spinal cord injuries. To find out more about how you may benefit from our stem cell research protocols, please complete our Contact Us form and one of our physicians will reach out to you for a private consultation.