MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. According to Technology Networks, new research suggests that spinal cord injuries can seriously disrupt the body’s sense of time. The body’s internal timing for processes including body temperature regulation, hormone regulation, and immunity, can be disrupted. The study comes along with a range of new studies into how spinal cord injury impacts the body, with some of the studies showing promise for a cure.
The research into the body’s internal clock could bring new treatments for patients who have suffered catastrophic injuries. Research has shown that spinal cord injury can lead to decreased immunity and can impact a person’s ability to maintain body temperature. Spinal cord injury can impact all body processes—from sleep to metabolism. Researchers believe this occurs because a person’s body clocks are thrown off-sync after this type of injury. Possible therapies can include better circadian-rhythm-related therapies that can help spinal cord injury patients reset their internal clocks. Researchers believe that a similar approach can be taken to help treat patients with traumatic brain injury and other serious injuries.
According to the Star Tribune, a local Minnesota man is working on a new electrical stimulation therapy that has shown some promise in helping spinal cord injury patients walk again. Researchers are beginning to believe that spinal cord injury recovery, to some extent, may be possible. Prior to this new discovery, it was believed that spinal cord injuries were permanent. The research also offers hope to patients with older injuries; patients can continue to recover using new therapies even after a very old injury occurred.
However, researchers remain cautiously optimistic, not wanting to give patients false hope. It might still be years before the full impact of this research is fully known and years before it becomes available to the public. Furthermore, it isn’t clear why electrical stimulation works. Researchers are trying to understand how the brain makes connections to the rest of the body.
While U.S. researchers have only been able to help patients walk when the electrical stimulator is implanted and turned on, Swiss researchers have been able to help patients walk even without the stimulator.
Many are calling this research groundbreaking, but we are still years away from seeing these therapies reach the market.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident, truck accident, slip and fall, or other accident, the Law Office of Martin T. Montilino is a personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota who may be able to assist you with making a claim and seeking damages for your losses. Because spinal cord injuries are so life-altering, patients are often able to seek the highest recoveries available to personal injury victims. If you have been hurt in an accident in Minneapolis, Minnesota, reach out to the spinal cord injury lawyer at the Law Office of Martin T. Montilino today.
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