In experiments on rats with spinal cord injuries, the rodents improved their walking ability following treatment.
Researchers have demonstrated a novel method that might regrow nerve cells at the site of spinal injuries.
Nine years after a terrifying scuba accident crushed his spine, a paraplegic scuba diver is back in the water helping disabled divers.
Rich Osborn, 30, was teaching scuba diving on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in 2009 when he had his life-changing accident.
Wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut in Torino in 2006.
Teams are comprised of male and female athletes who have a physical impairment in the lower half of their body. This can include spinal-cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and double-leg amputation.
The team has four players: Lead, second, third and skip, plus an alternate who can come in as a replacement.
Colin Shields is on the brink of representing his country at a sport he loves, something that would have been inconceivable seven years ago when an accident at work left him paralysed.
The 37-year-old has a spinal cord injury that leaves him reliant on a motorised wheelchair.
His job had included winter gritting and he was carrying out routine maintenance on the truck shortly before New Year. Shields recalls how he slipped, fell off the side of the vehicle and landed on his head, breaking his neck.
A NEW method of treating spinal cord injuries with the potential to reduce paralysis in patients has been developed by scientists in Scotland.
Researchers at Glasgow University and colleagues at the University of Liverpool believe the work could help develop treatments by using the body’s own natural resources.
They were able to envisage the innovative treatments by studying sugar produced in the body.