Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) affects the lives of millions all over the world. Whether it’s the result of an accident or an illness, the symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury can be dispiriting, demoralizing, and sometimes deadly. This goes for both the patient as well as his or her loved ones.
We should say that SCI are not often fatal, but in almost all cases they significantly reduce the patient’s quality of life. They can rob a person of sensation and control over several regions of his or her body, including the torso, legs, and arms.
The condition leads to dependence on others for basic functions, and according to the World Health Organization, some 20-30% of SCI sufferers show significant signs of clinical depression.
What makes matters worse is that mainstream medicine currently has no cure for SCI. Most treatments only seek to manage the condition and mitigate any other potential harms, but it is important for patients to remain hopeful.
The last few years have seen a growth in research and positive findings on the effects of Stem Cell Treatment on Spinal Cord Injury patients, mostly in the regeneration of spinal tissue damaged by the injury.
Through medical tourism, numerous clinics in Asia have already started to apply these treatments to SCI patients from all over the world, including Unique Access Medical (UAM) here in amazing Bangkok, Thailand.
UAM’s stem-cell therapy program for SCI currently uses two kinds of stem cells. The first kind comes from full-term human umbilical cords, and the second kind are called human Amniotic Fluid Stem cells (hAFS cells). Both are proven and safe.
Through the use of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells and hAFS cells, UAM’s patients have experienced improved bodily sensation, motor function, muscle mass, strength, coordination, balance, sexual function, sweating ability, and bladder and bowel control. Many have also experienced less spasticity and neuropathic pain.
Unique Access Medical’s Approach
Unique Access Medical implements a multi-faceted Stem Cell Treatment regimen, supplemented by a variety of support treatments designed to help patients achieve optimal results.
Our patients receive customized stem-cell therapy and also undergo Physiotherapy to improve strength, balance and muscle mass; Occupational Therapy to enhance fine muscle control, and coordination; and Aquatherapy to enhance strength and balance.
Patients are also given a tailormade diet-plan and IV Vitamins to optimize nutrition during recovery and beyond, and they receive repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) to improve the brain’s ability to exert control over muscles that have been weakened by their injury.
Enduring a severe spinal-cord injury is by no means easy; the symptoms are difficult to live with and the treatments can be physically challenging. But UAM is making breakthrough stem-cell treatments — as well as other cutting-edge SCI procedures — available to patients with both complete and non-complete injuries.
Whether it is you or a loved one who is diagnosed with Spinal Cord Injury, it’s important to not lose hope. Though it may be a struggle, there are options available. Should you wish to discuss possible treatments or to book a consultation with one of our doctors, please feel free to email us. We would be more than happy to help you today!