David Hill is a huge Florida Gator football fan, a loving son, and an irrepressible optimist. He is also a survivor of a C4/C5 spinal cord injury (SCI) that left him a quadriplegic. Yet, despite losing the use of his arms and legs, he hasn’t given up. Every day, he maintains a routine to get as much exercise as he can with the help of both professional caretakers and his family.
Medical researchers are constantly working to find ways to more effectively treat various forms of brain damage. Many of these treatments can sound unusual, but may prove surprisingly effective at helping survivors of traumatic brain injuries recover. One such unusual-sounding treatment is the use of brain cooling therapy to treat hypoxic brain damage.
Published in a recent issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with researchers from UCLA, conducted a study with a patient that enabled the voluntary movement in his legs for the first time in years.
Whenever anyone suffers from a spinal cord injury, the tremendous impact it makes on your life and those of your loved ones often results in a period of shock and readjustment to the aftermath of your injury. Truly, life after such an incident may not come easy, and it’s common for patients to feel as if they’re all alone in the world, regardless of how large his or her support system may be. Yet, despite the immediate alienation that accompanies a spinal cord injury, the fact remains that this particular form of nerve damage is far more common than most people realize.
You may not realize how much of the pain you experience with your spinal cord injury (SCI) day to day you could have complete control over. The mental component of pain is something that researchers have been analyzing for many years. It has been found through their extensive studies that “our perception of an injury can have a stronger influence on how much pain we experience than the actual tissue damage that has occurred.”
We are starting to hear more and more stories about breakthrough technology geared toward reversing paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries. The test results coming back from these experimental trials have given scientists and doctors hope that we will be able to see patients with these injuries on their feet again one day.
Thousands of people suffer from spinal cord injuries each year, most of them experiencing trauma that results in paralysis. With an injury this life changing, it is beyond understandable that the victim and their loved ones would wonder about the permanence of the condition.
In 2015, Invivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp got an approval from the FDA to pilot a study they’ve been carrying out, called INSPIRE, on treatment for cases of complete spinal cord injuries. Initially, the study began with one patient.
Marijuana has made headlines in recent years for its controversial legalization in several parts of the United States. Otherwise known as cannabis, this psychoactive mood-altering drug, which although is widely known for its use as a recreational substance, is also used to treat chronic pain and other ailments such as providing relief from chemotherapy.
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