It seems almost too good to be true. Researchers at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA might have made the largest ever breakthrough in the treatment of paralysis, and the breakthrough is based upon one of the smallest building blocks of our central nervous system.
The science is very technical, but there are reasonably simple ways to describe it. For a person suffering from paralysis, there is a protein that gets in the way of the spinal nerves properly repairing themselves. A new protein can be introduced that prevents the first protein from having this negative effect. If true, this would be a life-changing moment for millions of people.
Paralysis can be caused in a variety of ways, but the way it affects those who suffer is consistent: severe degeneration of nerve function in the spine impairs movement and sensation in the affected areas. Because of this commonality, there is hope that one treatment could provide significant improvement in quality of life for most paralysis, regardless of cause. These causes, some preventable, include:
- Head Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
This new treatment is likely to be very expensive, and affording it might be very difficult for the average family. As many of those who suffer paralysis do so because of a work-related injury, it is important that anyone seriously injured on the job keep their options open when it comes to getting the care they need, care that might not even yet be available at the time of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, please contact an attorney to help you keep all your options available.