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    Partial cure achieved in a patient with near-complete cervical spinal cord injury...

    Caveat: I don't know if the journal is reputable. I also don't know if the University is reputable.

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    Partial cure achieved in a patient with near-complete cervical spinal cord injury (95% injury) after 3 years of coordination dynamics therapy.

    Schalow G.

    Institute of Exercise Biology and Physiotherapy, Centre of Behavioural and Health Sciences, University of Tartu, 5 Jakobi Street, Tartu 51014, Estonia. g_schalow@hotmail.com

    This report describes a case of a now 20-year-old young lady with a severe spinal cord injury (SCI) at cervical 5/6 levels (ASIA A), in whom a repair of some spinal cord functions could be achieved within 3 years of optimal coordination dynamics therapy (CDT). Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) showed a destruction of almost 95% of the cross-sectional area at the injury levels. The 5% (if at all) spared cord tissue most likely consisted of only sensory tracts, since no motor functions were preserved below the level of injury. A near-complete recovery of the important vegetative functions urinary bladder control, respiration, and vasomotor tone could be achieved. Her motor and sensory functions also improved to some extent, and she is off all medications. However, her motor recovery was limited and she is still wheel-chair-dependent. There is functional and structural (MRI) evidence that the human spinal cord regenerates upon CDT. The movement-based learning therapy included the training of supported crawling, up-righting, walking, running, jumping, balance training, and exercising on special CDT devices. The regeneration of the spinal cord started after more than one year of CDT, it was very limited but continuous, and gave rise to substantial functional recovery. The recovery induced by regeneration upon CDT was quantified in terms of transient increases of coordination dynamics values, the improvement of motor programs as assessed by surface electromyography (sEMG), the improvement of movement performances, and the increase of the spinal cord matter at the injury site, quantified by MRI. The similarity between the improvement at cellular and integrative (network) level during this regeneration and development is analyzed with respect to 'walking'. Comparing the effort, required to achieve substantial improvement in this case of severe cervical SCI (with 95% cord destruction; 5% spared tissue) with the effort required in the case of partial cervical SCI (50% destruction; 50% spared tissue), IT is noted that the 95% injury is 10 times more intractable. It is inferred that in severe SCI, the repair crucially depends on the percentage of the spared tissue (tracts fibres and neuronal networks) at the injury site. Improper handling of the patient therefore, as false transport or too late relief of spinal cord compression, may give rise to further mechanical damage of the cord tissue for which a later administered intensive cCDT cannot compensate for. (Source)
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    Professor Schalow has previously claimed a number of partial cures of complete injuries using CDT.

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    What is CDT?
    Donnie: Dr. Xiao, What are your thoughts on a cure/combination therapy for SCI's??
    CG Xiao: Donnie, I don't want to disappoint you, but I think it is impossible to restore the continuity of the cord or "bridge the gap" in the near future, let's say: 50 years. Dr Wise Young has been my most respected scientist in SCI. He has dedicated and contributed to SCI no other can match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie View Post
    What is CDT?
    From the article
    coordination dynamics therapy (CDT).
    The movement-based learning therapy included the training of supported crawling, up-righting, walking, running, jumping, balance training, and exercising on special CDT devices.
    I think some of the devices used in this therapy are the ones made and marketed by Geoger MD.

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