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    Spinal cord hypothermia therapy

    Maybe someone mentioned this in reviews, but lately, most notably in the NFL, when there's a spinal injury, not only are ice packs placed along the spine, but an iv is started that's near freezing saline, to chill the body and reduce swelling--- which is causing your interruption in signals from brain to lower extremities.

    Question is, can this therapy work after 5 years? I'd certainly look into it. There was a pro player who was paralyzed, and is now walking because of this simple procedure.

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    Hi Daraby,

    I have read about hypothermia procedures, and one of my spinal unit consultants was where I heard about it first. The context of the discussion with him was about the cause of my own injury that was a direct result of a dissected aortic aneurysm. My case was an acute emergency and by the time I was stabilised prior to surgery the damage to my spinal cord had been done. Apparently, in a chronic instance of this condition, where an elective operation (if unavoidable) is needed, the sedated patient is cooled before hand. Neuron death rate diminishes exponentially with decreased temperature. The surgery can last 45 minutes, during which the blood supply has to be interrupted.

    In answer to your question about chronic injury, I think the answer would be no. If cold compress is applied at the time of injury by paramedics, that is probably at least helpful with the inflammation caused by traumatic injury like a broken back.
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    the cooling thing is for very, very acute injuries... It halts the swelling and secondary damage to the cord or something like that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daraby View Post
    Maybe someone mentioned this in reviews, but lately, most notably in the NFL, when there's a spinal injury, not only are ice packs placed along the spine, but an iv is started that's near freezing saline, to chill the body and reduce swelling--- which is causing your interruption in signals from brain to lower extremities.

    Question is, can this therapy work after 5 years? I'd certainly look into it. There was a pro player who was paralyzed, and is now walking because of this simple procedure.
    The player had sensation when he was on the turf, he had it in the ambulance and when he went into surgery. The fast surgical decompression is known to reduce further damage. Barth Green has retracted his statements that this "saved the day". The good news is he will be doing a clinical trial to document whether it has any effect at all.

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