A team of scientists at RhinoCyte™ Inc., has announced promising results of a study they are conducting on the use of olfactory (nasal) stem cells to repair spinal cord damage caused by contusions, which are the most common traumatic cause of these injuries, according to timesunion.com.
Only Current Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury is Rehabilitation Therapy
Rehabilitation therapy is the only treatment currently available for the estimated 5 million people affected by spinal cord injuries in the World. The cost of rehabilitation therapy for the 1.275 million patients in the United States alone exceeds $40.5 billion each year. It is a long and expensive treatment with results that vary greatly from one patient to the next. Of course, no one knows at this point how long, expensive or effective this stem cell treatment will be. However, this new treatment is the first drug therapy to show great promise for spinal cord injuries. Previous studies conducted by RhinoCyte gained great notoriety when lab rats whose right front paws were disabled after their spinal cords were partially cut near their necks, regained significant use of their paws after being injected with olfactory stem cells.
For the current study, the cells were taken from the olfactory neuro-sensory epithelium (the part of the nose controlling the sense of smell), without causing any effect on the patient’s ability to smell. Researchers grew the number of stem cells in an enriched solution and then injected them into a group of lab rats which regained control of their paws twelve weeks later.
Contusions Are Typical Spinal Cord Injury in Car Accidents
Contusions resulting from blunt force trauma are the most common type of spinal cord injury suffered by victims of car accidents or falls. As stated before, rehabilitation therapy is a long and expensive treatment that many victims simply cannot afford. This is why they need to hire as soon as possible after the accident an attorney that can help them recover the funds necessary to pay for treatment. Insurance companies will not pay such compensation unless forced to do so by a lawyer bringing a claim. The one thing that insurance companies will do voluntarily is to have their own lawyers and investigators start working the case as soon as the accident is reported. They will be collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses to try to limit their liability to the victim(s). Shouldn’t victims have someone working as hard for them?
Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help
With more than 60 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to help victims that have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a tractor-trailer accident, an accident at an amusement park any other kind of accident caused by someone else’s negligence recover the compensation they may be entitled to for their rehabilitation therapy and daily expenses. Please note that our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to better serve clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens.
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a tractor-trailer accident, an accident at an amusement park or any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Spinal Cord Injuries Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have throughout the years represented many clients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents that have caused spinal cord injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.