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Doctors see promise in new spinal cord injury treatment

Spinal cord injuries are among the most debilitating injuries anyone can suffer. They can lead to paralysis, loss of bowel control and other serious conditions that no one should be forced to live with. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are often difficult to treat, leaving patients with no other option than to adjust to a new and challenging lifestyle. Fortunately, researchers across the country understand the need for better treatments, and one doctor things he may have come across something promising.

The researcher has designed a new system for repairing spinal cord injuries that has shown real results in real patients. The system has been named the StemCell Bag, and it allows adult stem cells from the marrow in the patient's own hip bones to be extracted and reintroduced to the patient's injury without getting contaminated.

The doctor tested the system on 50 patients, and 23 of them experienced neurological improvements. None of the patients who participated in the study could walk before the treatment. After the treatment, many of the 23 patients who responded positively to the treatment were also able to walk with a support mechanism. 

As we wait to see whether the StemCell Bag will become an approved form of treatment across the country, the positive results can at least give some West Virginia residents hope that a treatment is out there. In the meantime, those who have been affected by spinal cord injuries but are having trouble paying for treatment may want to consider a personal injury lawsuit if the injury was caused by another person. An attorney can help explain your options. 

Source: My Central Jersey, "Trials show promise for injuries to spinal cord," MaryLynn Schiavi, June 3, 2013

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