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Stem cell treatment for spinal injuries provides mobility to some

There are many different types of injuries that could prompt someone to file a personal injury lawsuit in Pittsburgh. The more serious the injury, the more likely it is for this to occur. A type of injury that often prompts such lawsuits is one that affects the spine.

Most are aware of the important role the spinal cord plays in all of our bodies. As the transporter of information from the brain to other parts of the body, any disruption can be debilitating and result in major changes to the injured individual's life. In addition to severe pain, in the worst cases paralysis will be the result.

Researchers are continually seeking ways to treat spinal injuries. One of the treatments currently being explored involves the use of stem cell therapy. A new way of administering stem cells is being explored using a device called a StemCell Bag. It utilizes the spinal cord patient's own healthy stem cells to regenerate spinal nerves. Currently under trial, some patients who were unable to walk have regained mobility.

In addition to the encouraging results, the procedure is also appealing to many as it eliminates the use for the highly controversial use of embryonic stem cells.

While research into this method continues, many are still contending with the consequences of their spinal cord injuries. In addition to requiring the assistance of complex equipment, in many cases it is necessary to hire someone to assist the spinal cord injury victim in the completion of tasks that those without such an injury would find simple. These things are obviously not cheap and can leave many unsure of how the resulting bills will be paid.

In situations where the spinal injury is due to the negligence of another person or entity, a civil personal injury lawsuit may be appropriate. In a successful lawsuit of this sort, in addition to the negligent party being held accountable, financial damages are also awarded. For someone who is no longer able to work and requires daily medical assistance, this can make a big difference in the quality of life they experience.

Source:, "Trials show promise for injuries to spinal cord," MaryLynn Schiavi, June 3, 2013

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