North Carolina residents who have suffered spinal cord injuries may be interested to learn that a recent study showed promising results for a treatment that could help with the regeneration of nerves. Following a major spinal cord injury, victims may have scarring, which limits the potential recovery for the regrowth of nerves.
When North Carolina residents become involved in car crashes, they are sometimes at risks for suffering injuries to their spinal cord. The functions that are affected will vary depending on where the injury occurred. For example, sacral spinal cord injuries often have an impact on the hips, groin and perineal areas of the body.
Medical research out of Rice University may change the way spinal cord injuries are treated in North Carolina. Researchers at Rice have spent 10 years developing a material made of graphene nanoribbons that may help repair spinal cord damage.
North Carolina residents may be interested to learn that there are an estimated 282,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the United States. Every year, it is estimated that there are about 17,000 new cases. Approximately 45 percent of cases are incomplete tetraplegia which only affects some parts of the body. About 20 percent and 13.3 percent suffer from complete paraplegia and complete tetraplegia, respectively. The remaining 21.3 percent suffer from incomplete tetraplegia.
Some North Carolina residents have unfortunately suffered spinal cord injuries as a result of accidents. Research shows that stem cells offer promise as a treatment for these types of injuries. A review of the literature demonstrates that different types of stem cells provide varying levels of help.
Spinal cord injuries affect many people in North Carolina who have been involved in serious car accidents and falls. Around 12,500 people in the United States sustain a spinal cord injury each year, and there are approximately 276,000 people in the country who are currently living with one.
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.