Roughly 86,000 Canadians suffer from spinal cord-related injuries and illnesses, according to the Rick Hansen Foundation. Researchers are working diligently to identify, test and implement new, effective treatments for spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Canada Wants to Cure SCI Currently, SCI treatments mainly focus on decompressing and stabilizing the spine, preventing and treating secondary issues, […]
Every year, more than 4,200 people suffer spinal cord injuries in Canada, according to The Incidence and Prevalence of Spinal Cord Injury in Canada by the Rick Hansen Institute and Urban Futures. Nearly 1,800 of those are the result of traumatic spinal cord injury. The report estimates there are 85,556 people living with spinal cord […]
Spinal cord injury (SCI) patients around the world could benefit from the “unprecedented breakthrough” of electrical stimulation therapy. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation funded an electrical stimulation therapy study in which four young paralyzed men received an epidural electrical stimulator implantation. The results, which were published in the medical journal Brain, are very encouraging.
Results from clinical studies on stem cell treatments for patients with spinal cord injuries have been released in recent years. While more research is necessary, the results are promising. In 2009, the FDA in the United States gave approval to begin stem cell transplantation safety testing on humans. The initial study results demonstrate that patients […]
A neurological condition or injury may make it difficult or impossible for an individual to maintain employment. When it impairs a person’s ability to earn a living wage, that individual may seek long-term disability benefits. Such benefits may offset the financial burden of being unable to earn a regular income. As outlined by the Canadian […]
A traumatic spinal cord injury is an acquired injury that may affect the patient’s mobility, strength and motor function. Patient advocacy organization Spinal Cord Injury Canada estimates more than 86,000 Canadians are living with spinal cord injury, with approximately 4,300 new cases each year. About half of new cases are attributable to traumatic injury, such […]