At Precision Medical Group, we specialize in helping patients find treatment for nerve injuries. We do this by using state of the art NCS/EMG testing. Our patients will need different kinds of treatment, depending on the age and severity of the damage in their nerves. Some people can do physical therapy, while others will need surgery.
Researchers Working on Cutting Edge Treatment for Nerve Injuries
However, there’s some exciting news coming out of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Researchers there have published work that uncovers more information about how nerves heal, as well as how they develop in utero. In 2010, researchers led by Samantha Butler found that the gene LIM domain kinase 1, or Limk1 controls how nerves form in mouse embryos by controlling the protein cofilin. The new paper shows that the same processes that are at work in nerve development come on again when nerves are regenerating. Butler’s team was also able to show that it is possible to speed up the process.
On average, a damaged nerve will regrow by about one millimeter per day. This agonizingly slow pace of recovery leads to a lot of suffering, as well as muscle atrophy. This necessitates long term physical therapy. Butler was able to speed up the process of nerve regrowth by about 15%, which could lead to dramatically shorter recovery for people with nerve injuries. The researchers also hope that their work will be used to develop a faster treatment for nerve injuries.
Get Help from NCS/EMG Testing Until the New Therapy Gets Approval
So far, the therapy has only been tested on mice. Butler and her team are moving forward and beginning to work on motor neurons generated from human stem cells. They are looking at drugs that might speed up nerve regeneration. The treatment is still in the experimental phase. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved it for use in humans.
In the meantime, if you need testing as part of your treatment, get in touch with Precision Medical Group!