Spinal injury victims’ hand function improved after nerve therapy

December 4th, 2012 - by DKRPA

Spinal cord injuries are absolutely devastating for any victim; but when the damage is done under negligent or wrongful circumstances, the reality of the injury becomes even harder to accept.

Many Palm Beach residents have seen car accidents that deal severe spinal injuries to passengers. In some of these cases, the driver was drunk or speeding; in others, the driver may lack a license; but in any situation where someone’s negligence caused another individual to suffer — likely for the rest of their life — there should be justice for the victim, whether it comes in criminal or civil court (or both).

Spinal cord injuries are far more dangerous than most other injuries, because of the obviously sensitive nature of the spine. About half of spinal cord injury survivors are left with permanent damage to the area causing anything from general impediments to nerve damage to paralysis.

However, there may be hope on the horizon for spinal cord injury victims. A recent volume of the journal “Current Biology” published a study that showed short-term improvement in a spinal cord victim’s hand movement following noninvasive nerve stimulation. Muscle function improved, and patients said they felt the affected hand felt stronger.

Now, the study had a small sample size and researchers say this is far from anything definitive, let alone a possible rehabilitative course of action. But, they do believe the information gathered in this study could lead to future breakthroughs regarding nerve therapy and a spinal cord injury victim’s ability to recover from their serious impediments.

Source: U.S. News, “Nerve Stimulation May Restore Hand Function After Spinal Injury,” Amy Norton, Nov. 29, 2012

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Tags: personal injury, spinal cord injuries

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