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Spinal cord injury research may help victims' quality of life

People with spinal cord injury may quickly have to get used to depending on others after possibly having been independent for many years. This is because a spinal cord injury in West Virginia can cause a person to become paralyzed from the waist down, thus resulting in incontinence as well as the inability to walk. Although discovering a solution for victims of spinal cord injuries has proved to be difficult, researchers are persistently exploring how to better help patients to enhance their quality of life.

According to researchers, the presence of too high a level of serotonin in a person's body can contribute to spasms in patients suffering from spinal cord injuries. Serotonin is present near a spinal cord's central canal and is also present in other areas of the spine's gray matter. Recent research revealed exactly why one's serotonin levels may become uncontrolled, with a special enzyme that produces serotonin appearing to play a major role. By targeting this enzyme, researchers long-term might have the ability to create new treatment methods when attempting to impact nervous system functions.

Right now, spinal cord injury is treated using a drug called baclofen, which depresses neural activity. The problem with this drug is that it can inhibit motor learning as well as a patient's recovery speed. However, regulating the production of serotonin may be enough to reduce undesirable spasms in spinal cord injury victims while helping to rehabilitate their controlled movements.

If a person has suffered a spinal cord injury because another driver on the road was negligent, this individual has the right to file a personal injury claim. He or she can seek damages that can help the person to cover medical expenses associated with his or her condition. Even though a monetary award won't take away the injury, it can help the person to better cope with it in West Virginia.

Source: hcplive.com, "Serotonin Causes Spasms in Spinal Cord Injury Patients", Rachel Lutz, Nov. 9, 2014

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