Spinal Cord Injury

Human neural stem cell grafts in rhesus monkeys improve motor function after spinal cord injury [PreClinical]

Following cervical spinal cord injury, rhesus monkeys were grafted with human neural progenitor cells.

No Benefit for MRI After Normal Cervical CT in Blunt Trauma

No Benefit for MRI After Normal Cervical CT in Blunt Trauma

MRI had lower health benefit and higher cost compared with no follow-up after normal CT findings.

Epidural Stimulation May Benefit Cardiovascular Function in Spinal Cord Injury

Epidural Stimulation May Benefit Cardiovascular Function in Spinal Cord Injury

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Use of the stimulation resolved the patient's orthostatic hypotension, which is prevalent and quite debilitating among individuals with spinal cord injury.

Spastic Arm Paralysis Improved With C7 Nerve Transfer

Spastic Arm Paralysis Improved With C7 Nerve Transfer

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Patients who underwent C7 nerve transfer and rehabilitation experienced better functional improvement than those who underwent rehabilitation alone.

Virtual Reality May Provide Neuropathic Pain Relief for Spinal Cord Injury

Virtual Reality May Provide Neuropathic Pain Relief for Spinal Cord Injury

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Virtual reality and multisensory stimulation could play a role in rehabilitation for patients with spinal cord injury.

Update: Diagnosing Neuropathic Pain in Stroke, MS, Spinal Cord Injury

Update: Diagnosing Neuropathic Pain in Stroke, MS, Spinal Cord Injury

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The update focused on diagnosis of neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury, stroke, or multiple sclerosis.

Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Low Back Pain

Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Low Back Pain

The recommendations promote the use of hot compresses and physical therapy as first-line treatment of low back pain.

Brain-Machine Interface Training Helps Restore Mobility in Paraplegics

Brain-Machine Interface Training Helps Restore Mobility in Paraplegics

A specially designed shirt produced tiny vibrations on their arms every time the avatar moved, providing tactile feedback of each step taken.

Pregabalin Linked to Neuropathic Pain Relief in Spinal Cord Injury

Pregabalin Linked to Neuropathic Pain Relief in Spinal Cord Injury

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Pain relief was linked to significant improvements in sleep, among other factors.

Spine Surgery, Rehabilitation Registry Created to Track Outcomes

Spine Surgery, Rehabilitation Registry Created to Track Outcomes

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The AAPM&R and the AANS are coming together to track outcomes.

Botox May Reduce Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury

Botox May Reduce Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury

At 4 and 8 weeks after injection, 55% and 45%, respectively, reported pain relief of 20% or greater.

Neuropathic Pain Linked to Cortical Plasticity After Spinal Cord Injury

Neuropathic Pain Linked to Cortical Plasticity After Spinal Cord Injury

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Investigators found that the intensity of neuropathic pain in those with SCI was negatively correlated with motor cortical remapping.

D-Dimer Levels Predict Deep Vein Thrombosis in Spinal Cord Injury

D-Dimer Levels Predict Deep Vein Thrombosis in Spinal Cord Injury

D-dimer level at 2 weeks after injury accurately predicts deep vein thrombosis formation.

ParaStep System Enables Paralyzed Man to Walk

ParaStep System Enables Paralyzed Man to Walk

The system bypasses the injured spinal cord, passing the signal from the brain through a computer before sending it to electrodes in the legs.

New DARPA Prosthetic Enables Sense of Touch

New DARPA Prosthetic Enables Sense of Touch

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The prosthetic is connected to electrodes placed on the sensory and motor cortexes in the brain.

Anticholinergics Slow Rehabilitation in Brain Injury Patients

Anticholinergics Slow Rehabilitation in Brain Injury Patients

Higher doses of anticholinergics was associated with a longer hospital stay in patients with brain injuries.

Non-Invasive Spinal Stimulation Shows Promise for Paralysis VIDEO

Non-Invasive Spinal Stimulation Shows Promise for Paralysis VIDEO

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This is the first study to show positive effects from spinal stimulation via electrodes placed on the skin.

Atraumatic Needles Help Prevent Postdural Puncture Headache

Atraumatic Needles Help Prevent Postdural Puncture Headache

Use of atraumatic S-type versus traumatic Q-type needles showed lower incidence of PDPH.

Chip Implants Enable Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

Chip Implants Enable Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

Two chips are implanted in the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), which controls the intention to move.

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation Device Gets FDA Approval

Senza Spinal Cord Stimulation Device Gets FDA Approval

The device relieves pain without the tingling sensation that often accompanies other existing pain-relief methods.

Robotic Exoskeleton May Improve Rehabilitation After Stroke, Brain Injury

Robotic Exoskeleton May Improve Rehabilitation After Stroke, Brain Injury

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The robotic device allows for bilateral rehab that mimics and adjusts to natural human motions.

Patient, Institutional Factors Influence Central Cord Syndrome Management, Mortality

Patient, Institutional Factors Influence Central Cord Syndrome Management, Mortality

Patient, surgical, and institutional factors influence surgical management and mortality in central cord syndrome.

Oral TRP Activator Could Resolve Muscle Cramps in Multiple Sclerosis

Oral TRP Activator Could Resolve Muscle Cramps in Multiple Sclerosis

The oral therapy may be commercially available as a dietary supplement as early as 2016.

Folic Acid Fortification Effectively Reduces Neural Tube Defects

Folic Acid Fortification Effectively Reduces Neural Tube Defects

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Since being instated in 1998, there has been a near 30% drop in NTD occurrences.

Novel Spinal Implant Restores Movement in Paralyzed Rats

Novel Spinal Implant Restores Movement in Paralyzed Rats

A new spinal implant that mimics the dura mater restored movement in paralyzed rats without damaging tissue.

New Drug Relieves Paralysis in Rat Model

New Drug Relieves Paralysis in Rat Model

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A new drug tested in a rat model of spinal cord injury showed improved movement and bladder function.

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