Living With a Spinal Cord Injury - The Search for a Cure
In the past, the results
spinal cord injury were considered permanent,
but new research is changing this outlook. There may be a cure for paralysis
Major research areas for SCIs include ways to
stimulate activity in damaged nerve cells (neurorestorative), stimulate growth
in damaged nerve cells (neuroregenerative), transplant new nerve tissue into
the spinal cord (neuroconstructive), and insert genes into the spinal cord
(neurogenetic). Research is also looking at ways to improve what people with
SCIs can do physically (functional research).
Spinal cord injuries are extremely complex. And research must
move from theory to practical and from animal studies to human studies. When a
treatment is being studied in humans, it must be proved beneficial and safe. And
it can take years before a new treatment reaches the public.