Whenever a person suffers from a serious spinal cord injury, there is much uncertainty and fear that accompanies questions, like whether they will be able to function normally. Perhaps surprisingly, many long-term injuries resulting from spinal cord damage are not directly caused by the accident but are referred to as secondary injuries, or injuries that result from movement or strain after the initial injury.

A new study supported by the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Program shows early indications that these secondary injuries may be treated and greatly reduced through the use of blue dye. The dye, called Brilliant Blue G, or BBG, when injected into lab rats with spinal injuries inhibited the progression of injuries. Rats who received the injections were able to walk within a few days, though they limped, in contrast with rats that did not receive injections of BBG and did not recover the ability to walk. The only noted side affect was the dye’s tendency to turn soft pink tissue blue.

Although this is a promising study, BBG is not ready to be used in clinical trials. There is extensive testing yet to be done before it can be offered for use in treating human spinal cord injuries.

If you or someone you love have experienced a spinal cord injury that was due to the negligence of another, or if you’re struggling to receive the appropriate insurance reimbursement, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A., with offices in Columbus, Ohio, and let us help you start moving forward again.