Israeli Study Finds Simple Solution For Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

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Spinal cord injury causes permanent changes, with symptoms that can include loss of muscle function, strength and sensation, as well as loss of other body functions supported by the spine. Chances of complete recovery are slim and the process is long and difficult, even with aggressive rehabilitation and especially if treatment isn’t immediate.

A new study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma in July by researchers at Tel Aviv University claims that a prompt, uncomplicated treatment may be the simplest, quickest way to deal with a spinal cord injury and diminish symptoms such as inflammation and scarring. The treatment involves the injection of a potent enzyme into the spinal cord intravenously, just hours after an incident.

The study was conducted by Dr. Angela Ruban and Dr. Yona Goldshmit from TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Goldshmit is also an adjunct research fellow at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne.

An x-ray of the spinal cord. Photo via Pixabay.

The main idea, Dr. Goldshmit says, is to block the body’s natural reaction to spinal cord injury, by reducing the secondary damage as soon as possible.

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