Injury to the spine can unfortunately have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life in West Virginia. However, a new university research study recently revealed that nanoparticle treatments may help to reduce the damage caused by a spinal cord injury. This may be exciting news for many victims of car crashes and other accidents leading to spinal cord injuries.

When a person’s body experiences trauma, the body’s immune cells go to the area that has been damaged to begin the process of healing. However, this leads to inflammation, which ends up killing neurons and results in scarring. This scarring, in turn, prevents regeneration from happening, and as a result, function is lost below the injury site.

Researchers recently developed nanoparticles that can redirect immune activity. As a result, inflammation is reduced, and regeneration is stimulated. During their research study, they injected the nanoparticles into mice, and the treated mice outperformed mice that were not treated. Scientists hope that the nanoparticles’ development will result in new treatments for injuries to the spinal cord as well as multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory diseases.

Spinal cord injury can quickly take a toll on a person’s life in West Virginia, but if the injury occurred due to another person’s negligence, it is within the victim’s rights to seek compensation for his or her injuries via a personal injury claim. If the victim is successful, he or she may receive a monetary award that might help with covering medical expenses related to the injury. It may also help with addressing emotional distress caused by the injury-causing incident.