Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is an extremely serious type of trauma when spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. Spinal cord is major part of the central nervous system of body or main pathway for information that connects the brain and peripheral nervous system.

Spinal Cord Injury Signs and Symptoms:-

  • Pain, pressure, stiffness in the back or neck area.
  • Loss of movement.
  • Difficulty in walking or balancing.
  • Loss of normal bowel and bladder control.

Our stem cells have been used for the therapy of spinal cord injuries since 2005. This is second only to the amount of patients treated for muscular dystrophy. All different types of patients, whether with complete or incomplete injuries and injuries at a variety of spinal regions, have been treated. SCI patients can experience improvements in movement, strength, sensation, control (limb, bowel, and bladder), and even the ability to sweat. Patients have experienced improvements in the expansion and intensity of sensation even while suffering from very severe injuries to the spinal column. A majority of spinal cord injury patients receive a bulk of improvements starting at the 3-6 month period after hospital discharge. As with any form of stem cell therapy, there is the possibility of minimal/no improvement, and we encourage patients and caregivers to maintain realistic expectations.

The types of injections used in the therapy are dependent upon the injury’s severity. Our doctors are currently recommending the use of a CT-Guided Intraspinal Cord Injection for patients with very old injuries or complete/severe incomplete injuries. This injection type is provided in addition to the normal IV and LP injections and allows the stem cells to be placed more directly in the injury site.

General Protocol: Below is the general protocol for spinal cord injuries. Please keep in mind that this is only an example and the injection and cell types may change slightly depending on the patient’s condition. SCI patients may receive one of two protocols (decided by the doctors upon medical review).

  • UC-MSC packets injected by IV and LP

Submitting Medical Information: When submitting medical information please note that our doctors do usually request to view certain medical documents to confirm the diagnosis. You should try to provide these at the same time or shortly after the medical form has been submitted.

  • Standard Documents: Test or doctor’s summary of a CT or MRI or X-Ray (vertebral)
  • If Applicable: EMG, SEP, MEP

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Therapies completed: over 2110 (as of 2012)

Studies

Below is a link to a 2008 study of 500 past spinal cord injury patients. This study compared patient improvement using internationally recognized standards such as ASIA and Ashworth Scale scores. You can view the PDF in your browser and save it to your computer. Please note that it might take a few minutes for the PDF to open.

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Case studies focus on individual patients and detail their result after follow-up. We will be updating this section with new case studies as they become available. Simply click on the pictures below to open each case study.

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Spinal Cord Injury - Patient ID- B429

Spinal Cord Injury - Patient ID- I243

Spinal Cord Injury - Patient ID- W292

Spinal Cord Injury – Patient ID – I192

Spinal Cord Injury – Patient ID – 1394

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3999770/#!po=32.3529