Potential stem cell therapy for spinal cord injuries encouraging

Traumatic accidents can be devastating to victims and their families in British Columbia. Spinal cord injuries are especially troubling because so few treatment options are available.  Although there have been medical advancements in improved functioning and injury management, a cure for paralysis is not yet in sight. Researchers are looking into the neuroregenerative potential of cell therapies, and findings are encouraging but distant.

Reportedly, 40 percent of all spinal cord injuries result from motor vehicle accidents, and accidental falls cause a another 40 percent. Victims are often left with life-altering disabilities that require dramatic changes in lifestyles for them and their families. Furthermore, the lifetime financial burden that comes along with a spinal cord injury is estimated at anything from $1.5 million to $3 million.

Clinical studies in early trials have resulted in modest improvements in functional recovery, which could be quite meaningful for those left paralysed after spinal cord injuries. Additional studies and laboratory work will provide a better understanding of how stem cell therapies can improve the lives of these accident victims. Reportedly, 86,000 Canadians live with spinal cord injuries, and 1,500 more are added every year.

While stem cell therapy may bring hope for victims of spinal cord injuries in British Columbia and elsewhere, the treatment currently available is costly. Along with the sudden inability to earn an income, the economic consequences of such injuries are typically devastating. With the support, guidance and advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer, victims can pursue financial relief through the civil justice system when the injury resulted from the negligence of someone else.

Source: cantechletter.com, "Stem cell therapy shows promise in treating spinal cord injuries, Canadian study", Jayson Maclean, March 21, 2017

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