Spinal Cord Injuries: Areas of Research
Several types of research on spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are being done. Some of them may be at the point where people with SCIs are using them on a trial basis. Others might still be in the animal-study stage. They all have the potential to lead to a return of some feeling and movement in paralyzed areas.
Neurorestorative and neuroregenerative
These types of research look at ways to stimulate activity of or growth in damaged nerve cells.
Neuroconstructive and neurogenetic
Neuroconstructive research explores transplanting cells into the spinal cord, and neurogenetic research involves inserting genes into the spinal cord.
At this time, it is not well known what type of cell to use or when and where to transplant cells.
Functional research looks at ways to improve what people with SCIs can do physically, leading to an improved quality of life.
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