After there is injury to the spinal cord there is an increase in the production of RhoA protein that inhibits the regrowth or regeneration of the nerve cells. If the nerve cells are unable to be repaired, nerve signals can not be carried along the spinal cord and the damaged tissue is unable to heal. A team of Rutgers University researchers discovered a way that could potentially reduce the amount of nerve damage in spinal cord injuries and promote tissue healing. With the help of the scientists at the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience and Quark Pharmaceuticals, a chemically synthesized siRNA molecule was developed that will decrease the production of RhoA protein when administered to the spine after a spinal cord injury. The blockage of the RhoA protein will allow the nerve cells to regenerate.
Statistics show that there are approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries each year and over 250,000 people in the United States are living with a spinal cord injury. Sadly, young males account for the highest percentage of spinal cord injuries each year. Currently, there is no way to reverse the damage once it was already done. Spinal cord injuries not only affect the injured person, but they also impact the emotional and financial aspects of everyone involved.
Here at the Philadelphia Beasley catastrophic injury law firm, we understand the physical and emotional effects spinal cord injuries have on not only the injured victim but also their family or loved ones. Since 1958, our experienced medical and legal teams have aggressively fought for spinal cord injury victims with proven results.
If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia spinal cord injury lawyers online at www.beasleyfirm.com or toll free at (215) 866-2424 for a risk free, confidential consultation.