Silicon Implant &Treadmill Rehab Treats Spinal Cord Injury?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Scientists from Keio University, Japan, found that the combination of a silicon implant, which releases a drug, and treadmill rehabilitation shows promise for treating spinal injuries in rats. The results suggest the combination worked better than the drug alone.
The scientists investigated the clinical applications of a semaphorin3A inhibitor to treat spinal cords in rats because previous research has shown similar inhibitors to be effective. They just wanted to find out the best way of delivering the treatment.
The silicon implant, which releases the semaphorin3A inhibitor slowly and continuously to the injury site, proved to be a highly effective delivery system. Some rats also received the treatment along with repeated treadmill training, this group showed the best recovery of all treatment conditions. The scientists believe the reason is that the drug helped general neural repair, but the treadmill training targeted precise repair to the centers in the spinal column that coordinate repetitive movements, like walking.
For more information, go to: http://www.molecularbrain.com/content/7/1/14/abstract
SOURCE: Molecular Brain, March 2014
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