Can spinal cord injury be treated?

Can spinal cord injury be treated?

Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse damage to the spinal cord, but researchers are continually working on new treatments that may promote nerve cell regeneration or improve the function of nerves that remain after a spinal cord injury. The methods for reducing the impact of the injury and restoring bodily functions are still limited.

For severe spinal cord injury, immediate treatment includes:

  • drug therapy in the first 8 hours after the incident to minimize cell damage
  • stabilization of the vertebrae
  • techniques to diminish cord compression

Some spinal cord injury treatments include:

  • Medications: (intravenous (IV) methylprednisolone: A-Methapred, Solu-Medrol);
  • Immobilization: (traction to stabilize your spine, to bring the spine into proper alignment or both; a rigid neck collar may be used, as well as a special bed to help immobilize your body);
  • Surgery: necessary to remove fragments of bones, foreign objects, herniated disks or fractured vertebrae; to stabilize the spine to prevent future pain or deformity;
  • Experimental treatments.

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