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Nanoparticle Injection May Reduce Inflammation After a Work-Related Spinal Injuries

Spinal InjuriesStatistics indicate that some 17,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Sadly, there is no cure, so most of them suffer from lifelong disability and complications. Science is trying to mitigate at least some of that damage with a biodegradable nanoparticle injection. Learn more about this experimental treatment, including how it works and how long it might take to become mainstream, with help from the following information.

Injection Prevents Secondary Inflammation

When a spinal injury occurs, blood cells that would not normally make their way into the spinal column flood to the site of injury. Here, they release inflammatory cytokines – toxins that further damage the central nervous system and cause widespread neuronal cell death. The secondary scarring then prohibits healing.

Developed by a scientist from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the nanoparticle injection is injected into the bloodstream. From there, the nanoparticles bind to the inflammatory monocytes responsible for the release of cytokines. They are then carried to the spleen, where they cannot damage the spine. Because of this, beneficial cells can flood in and try to repair at least some of the damage.

Where Science is at on the New Treatment

Right now, the nanoparticle injection is merely a hopeful idea; it has been used in mice but has yet to be tried on humans. However, the particles that make up the injection have already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and the scientist who developed it says it should translate over to humans quite well. It does not require surgery or an invasive treatment. Instead, it is a quick injection that, so far, has improved the outcome of mice with spinal injuries. It is possible that the injection could one day be given at the scene of accidents to improve overall outcomes for spinal injury victims.

Contact Our San Jose Work Injury Lawyers

Falls are one of the most common causes of spinal injuries, and most falls occur on construction sites. Sadly, the victims of these injuries may not receive the full and fair compensation they are entitled to if they pursue the case alone. As such, victims are encouraged to seek experienced legal assistance after a serious work injury.

Understanding of the serious impact that a spinal injury can have on the lives of victims and their families, Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP fight to protect the rights and best interests of work injury victims. No matter what the situation, we strive for the most favorable outcome possible. Get started by scheduling a personalized consultation with our San Jose work injury attorneys. Call our offices at (408) 289-1417 today.

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