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Spinal cord injuries can happen in a number of different ways. In West Virginia and elsewhere, victims could suffer the injuries in a motor vehicle accident or from a fall at a business, for example. A spinal cord injury can be life altering, but researchers recently revealed that acupuncture may be able to help those suffering from this type of injury. Electroacupuncture may be especially useful for injury victims.

Acupuncture works by regenerating neurons as well as promoting the biological responses that are responsible for patients’ motor function recovery following spinal cord injuries. Motor function below the area of injury usually deteriorates, and this is what might lead to paralysis. However, acupuncture could prevent a patient from being paralyzed through the stimulation of repair.

Electroacupuncture, in particular, was found to increase the number of neurons that were healthy in a spinal cord injury patient. Researchers indicated that this type of acupuncture promotes motor neurons’ survival overall in addition to enhancing protein synthesis. This is the very first significant study to show how acupuncture can positively impact people with spinal cord injuries.

Sometimes a person’s spinal cord injury is the result of another party’s negligence. For instance, another motorist on the road in West Virginia might have injured the person in an accident due to driving while distracted, or perhaps a business failed to eliminate a dangerous property condition, which led to the person’s injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. The injured party in these situations has the right to file a civil claim for damages against the allegedly at-fault party. Monetary compensation in a successfully presented lawsuit may help to cover the victim’s medical expenses and other accident-related losses.

Source: healthcmi.com, “Acupuncture Repairs Motor Function After Spinal Cord Injury“, Dec. 12, 2016