Whether you are skeptical about the outlook for recovery of a spinal cord injury (SCI) and the chance of finding a cure, you have to admit that some remarkable research is being done to combat life-changing injuries that occur after serious accidents.
Synthethic “copolymer micelles” are cell-like delivery methods for cancer medication inside the body, but researchers at Purdue University believe they might have discovered that these nano-sized micelles can also help to fix spinal cord injuries, according to PopSci.com. The best result is that this paralysis treatment can heal spinal cord injuries three times faster than any previous treatment.
For the San Diego paralysis lawyers who work at our firm, this is good news. Imagine that you are in a car accident, one where you are injured on your back, resulting in a vertebral compression fracture. Doctors could inject the micelles delivery system directly into your blood after the accident and you can start your recovery almost immediately. What’s important to remember is that all of these studies are still being researched and for the time being, this is not “the final answer” to curing quadriplegia or paraplegia, but it gives those living with paralysis some hope about recovery in the near future.
The way this anti-paralysis shot works is that the outer shell of micelles consist of polyethylene glycol (PEG), which can hone in on damaged axons — nerve cells in the body — acting like bio-safe plaster to the area of injury. After the sealant is applied, damage is contained and the cells get re-charged so they can start to rebuild the bone. Since micelles can stay in the body longer without being processed by the liver and kidneys right away, the treatments only call for close to 1/100,000th the concentration of typical PEG treatments, which usually have only an 18% cell recovery rate. In cases of spinal cord injury repair, however, micelles up the recovery rate to 60%, nearly three times what it normally is.
Our paralysis lawyers know how great it would be to see person living with paralysis walk or regain the use of their arms. No one is saying that it will be the all-encompassing cure that researchers have been on a quest to find for years, but even the hardest skeptic has to admit that this is a step in the right direction.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury or paralysis, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a free consultation with an experienced spinal cord injury attorney in San Diego. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we recover money on your behalf.
Do you feel this PEG-treatment is what will eventually end up curing paralysis? What other treatments are out there?