A new approach to the treatment of spinal cord injuries in animals may be the beginning of a path to salvation from paralysis of thousands of people worldwide every year.
Ben Goss, researcher at University of Technology Queensland Institute of health and biomedical innovation, explored how the spine can be protected from injury.
"Currently, spinal cord injuries are inevitable, but I think that our research has the potential to improve treatment outcomes, and this may be the first step to achieving significant results in this area," says Goss.
"The initial damage to the spinal cord looks like a bruise. However, in contrast to the usual bruises spinal cord has a tendency to persistent inflammatory reaction that leads to further damage, our study examines the effect of adding protein, known as a growth factor in the spinal cord to reduce or remove the inflammation and prevent symptoms secondary to neurological damage, " he added.
The treatment, which is a specific Association of the protein, was applied to the animals immediately after injury to the spinal cord and assessed their condition after one and three months.
Goss and researchers from Griffith University found that the size of the lesion caused by spinal cord injury significantly less in the group receiving the treatment compared with the animals that the medication was not given.
"This study showed that the first treatment may reduce or eliminate secondary degeneration after traumatic spinal cord injury," said Goss.