Ten to 15 years ago, if any one of the 6 million people estimated to be living with paralysis searched for treatment, they would likely find that hope was in short supply. More often than not, they were told their condition was permanent.
More PhotosResearch since then has shown that if the damage from spinal cord injuries is dealt with immediately, there may be hope that some patients can avoid total paralysis. But if treatment is delayed, the chances of success quickly dwindle.
Now, in an unprecedented new study from the University of California, San Diego, published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, researchers say they were able to regenerate nerve cells up to 15 months after a spinal cord injury.