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Promising new avenues of research with spasticity

North Carolina residents who have suffered an injury to the spinal column may be familiar with a condition called spasticity. This motor disorder is described as an exaggeration of the tone of the muscle, but most people will experience it as a muscle that twitches, jumps and cannot be still. Scientific research into the syndrome has revealed two possible methods of treating this condition, alleviating discomfort and improving the prognosis for a wide spectrum of patients.

Nearly 12 million people worldwide live with spasticity motor disorders. It is debilitating for many of these patients. The condition causes the muscle to contract in an uncontrollable manner, inhibiting normal function and causing further trauma.

Scientists have discovered that spasticity results from disruption of the sodium channels contained in neurons. They have developed two experimental treatments that appear to decrease spasticity and improve function, and are now moving to human tests.

Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating traumas that the human body can undergo. There are few areas of the body that if injured can have as much effect on mobility, future employment prospects and quality of life as the spinal cord. These types of injuries can result from several different causes, and one of them is a motor vehicle accident. A person who has received a spinal cord injury in a car collision that was caused by an impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent driver may want to meet with an attorney to discuss the options that are available. One potential remedy would be the filing of a personal injury lawsuit naming the at-fault motorist as a defendant and seeking appropriate compensation.

Source: Medical Xpress, "Two Potential Therapeutic Avenues for Spasticity", March 17, 2016

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