Several types of research on spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are being done. Some of them may be at the point
where people with SCIs are using them on a trial basis. Others might still be
in the animal-study stage. They all have the potential to lead to a return of
some feeling and movement in paralyzed areas.
of research look at ways to stimulate activity of or growth in damaged nerve
Neuroconstructive research explores transplanting cells into the spinal
cord, and neurogenetic research involves inserting
genes into the spinal cord.
At this time, it is not well known what type of cell to
use or when and where to transplant cells.
Functional research looks at ways to
improve what people with SCIs can do physically, leading to an improved quality
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February 15, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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