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Spinal Cord Stem Cell Transplantation for Spinal Cord Injury

By A.WillisonReviewed by B.Davies​Humans require many different repair and renewal strategies. At the earliest point in life, we need these pathways to grow and develop but in later life, we use these pathways to recover from disease and injury. For this, our bodies activate a unique type of cell known as a stem cell. Stem cells are a special form of cell, as they can make any cell type in the body, and so can provide building blocks for our organs and tissues.  Over the past 20 year [...]

Broken bones more likely following a Cervical Myelopathy fall.

By T.BoergerReviewed by. BM DaviesReason for the StudyWalking impairments are a common feature of cervical myelopathy and can lead to falls.  In elderly individuals such falls, even if minor, can lead to injuries, such as broken bones.  Broken bones (‘fractures’) are more common as we get older, as aging affects bone strength, including conditions such as osteoporosis.  Such fractures generally occur in stereotyped locations such as the wrist, shoulder, hip, and low b [...]

We welcome Frank Dutton to our fundraising  team

Frank Dutton Charity Ambassador We are very happy to welcome Frank Dutton to our team,Frank was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy in  2015 and is currently leading our fundraising efforts as  a Charity Ambassador.If you have any fundraising ideas or want to raise money for our cause you can email Frank directly at the bottom of the page.​Frank's Background Story ​My whole life was driven by sport, mainly encouraged by my Granddad, and I played both footba [...]

Can a new MRI technique predict how you respond to surgery?

By Timothy Boerger Edited by Benjamin DaviesResearch Summary on MRI Methods for Predicting Functional Recovery from Surgery in Patients with Cervical Myelopathy.Rao A et al., Diffusion Tensor Imaging in a Large Longitudinal Series of Patients With Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Correlated With Long-Term Functional Outcome. Neurosurgery. Epub ahead of print Feb 23, 2018Reason for the studyCurrently, the assessment of the impact of cervical myelopathy is based largely on patient reported sy [...]

Spinal Cord Swelling: What is it?  Does it matter?

By B.Samara Swelling is a common reaction of your body to any form of injury; remember the last time you banged your finger, or perhaps twisted your ankle?  So unsurprisingly, it can happen to the spinal cord and has been reported in patients with CSM.  However, it is not present in all patients and its significance is not certain.  In addition to this, some studies have now described that the spinal cord can swell after surgery.  The reason for this is unclear and equa [...]

Should you have physiotherapy after surgery?

by A Badran At present, surgery is the mainstay of treatment for myelopathy.  Whilst it is able to stop further injury to the spinal cord by relieving impingement, the limited capacity for the spinal cord to repair leads to only partial recovery.  Therefore strategies to improve recovery after surgery are a major unmet need in myelopathy. This has generated much interest in postoperative therapies to maximise posto [...]

Can we detect myelopathy before symptoms develop?

By J.Hamilton. Why is ASCC relevant to Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy?Asymptomatic spinal cord compression (ASCC) is very common; studies of healthy volunteers has identified between 8 and 59 in every 100 patients who underwent a cervical MRI had it! [1]  These are the same compression features seen in DCM, however less that 1 in a hundred patients from these studies had any symptoms of myelopathy….   Hence the term ASCC (as opposed to DCM, which is defined by the symptom [...]

We are pleased to welcome Tim Boerger to the team

Tim Boerger We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Tim Boerger to the myelopathy.org team,he will be contributing to the blog by writing summaries of recently published research.Tim Boerger is a Ph.D. student in rehabilitation science at Marquette University in the United States. His dissertation research focusses on walking and balance function in patients with cervical myelopathy. He himself had an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion in November 2016 for a cervica [...]

Under pressure: compressed arteries in DCM

by Max Stewart Freddie Mercury immortalising the Queen song 'Under Pressure' One of the most perplexing things about DCM is the role of spinal cord compression in the disease. It easy to think that the picture is a simple one: as the spine degenerates (joints wearing out, ligaments hardening and bones shifting position) the spinal cord gradually becomes compressed. This compression damages the spinal cord, kills off nerves cells a [...]

Thinking about applying for disability in the USA?

Here are a few helpful things to get you started. Firstly  you need to  go  the Social Security Administration page. You can apply online, or have the forms sent to your home.  ​Social Security Benefits (SSI)As far as Social Security benefits, SSI is a set disability amount which is awarded for those who have not worked enough years or haven't paid enough social security tax into the system. For example, the maximum amount right now is $750/monthly. SSDI bene [...]