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Cutting-Edge Resources


(There is tremendous evidence of new scientific findings and new applied treatment options that are now guiding the: Spinal Cord "Recovery-Path". We will continually build, highlight and share resources, programs and services). 


Spinal Cord Injury Guidelines 2021

Developers: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: department of physical medicine and rehabilitation 

Information: Document educates patients on recovery of spinal cord injuries and process time of healing. 

Therapeutic Approaches for Peripheral and Central Neuropathic Pain

Developers: Department of Neurology, Interdisciplinary Excellence Centre, University of Szeged, Delia Szok 

Information: This study analyzes different therapies that could be used in meta analyzes and clinical trials. Such examples are

  • Pharmacological 

  • Nonpharmacological 

  • Interventional

  • Physical Therapies 

  • Psychological 

Neuropathic Pain (NeuPSIG) Publications and Guidelines 

Developers: International Association for the Study of Pain 

Information: Resource list of publications and guidelines on Neuropathic Pain 

Neuropathic Pain: Special Interest Groups 

Developers: The vice chair of the committee is from the USA (Simon Haroutounian) the committee members are from all over the world. 

Information: Goes over SIG collaborations of basic and clinical research. There are meetings, discussion forums and resources. 


Healthline: “What You Should Know About Neuropathic Pain”

Developers: Written by Kimberly Holland and medically reviewed by Heidi Moawad. 

Information: Gives a general idea of types of treatment methods. Includes pain medication, antidepressants and anticonvulsants 


Pharmacotherapeutic Options for Managing Neuropathic Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Developers: Giulia Di Stefano, Andrea Di Lionardo, Giuseppe Di Pietro, Giorgio Cruccu, and Andrea Truini, Academic Editor: Marina De Tommaso

Information: This study used methods such as opioids, cannabinoids and sodium channel blockers. Through the research they suggest that more meta-analysis needs to be done and that the need for “novel drug options: is a must. Targeting pain that includes the sodium channel and monoclonal antibodies is important as well. 

Management of Neuropathic Pain Associated with Spinal Cord Injury 

Developers: Ellen M Hagen and Tiina Rekand A

Information: Uses examples of Antidepressants, Antiepileptics, and Anti- Analgesics 

Guideline from German Society of Neurology “diagnosis and non-interventional therapy of neuropathic pain”

Developers: Neurological research and Practice: Tanja Schlereth


  • Cannabis Act of 2017 

  • Goes through Polyneuropathy and the different treatments and causes. 

  • Also goes through methods by methods and dosages for different type of treatments. 

A Comprehensive Algorithm for Management of Neuropathic Pain

Developers: PAIN Medicine, Published in 2019, Daniel Bates, B Carsten Schultheis and Michael C Hanes


  • Goes through multidisciplinary stepwise approach to decrease pain and improve the quality of life for patients 

  • They tested on mental health scales as well as pain scales

  • Calls it line treatments and there are 5 lines

  • 1. Team care

  • 2.  Combination therapy 

  • 3. Reuptake Inhibitors 

  • 4. Neurostimulation 

  • 5.Low dose Opioids

  • Laso has a table labeled table 1 with different drugs 

Solutions for improving SCI patient care

Developers: Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation 

Information: Has different booklets on different programs they offer. They offer resources for different types of spinal cord injury and do research on best practices for patient care.

Exercise and Neuropathic Pain: A General Overview of Preclinical and Clinical Research

Developers: Sports Medicine-open, Brianna N. Leitzelar and Kelli F. Koltyn

Information: Focuses on exercise over drugs

  • Aerobic exercise combined with resistance exercise training 

  • Also focuses on normalizing microglia research to reduce pain 

  • Exercising 3-5 days for 30-60 mins 

  • 16-week programs 

7 Ways to Relieve Back Pain Naturally

Developers: Spine Health Blog: Vijay Vad, MD 1/10/2020

Information: This website discusses ways to relieve back pain naturally without any medication. The have types and anti-inflammatory drinks and victims and minerals that could help.

New treatment allows some people with spinal cord injury to regain hand and arm function

Developers: University of Washington 1/12/2021, Sarah Mcquate: UW News 

Information: Includes video, Focus on movement in hands and arm, Links a study on implanting an electric current to a damaged spinal cord could help. There program 5 months long 

Alternative Remedies for Spinal Cord Injury Pain

Developers: Author: Team; Publish Date: December 08, 2020


  • Herbal supplements and vitamins 

  • Omega 3 fatty acids

  • Acupuncture and yoga

This is a short article of tips about the four different methods. The spinal cord team has more research on its page but some of it is locked.

10 Natural Remedies for Spinal Cord Injury That Are Worth Trying

Developers: Flint Rehab: Tools to spark recovery; Updated on 12/02/2020

Information: Natural remedies would be a different approach to spinal cord injuries. Such treatments as hyperbaric oxygen therapy are mentioned in the article. Also, techniques like hypnotherapy. 

$7 million awarded for first-of-its-kind spinal cord injury research

Developers: Jackie Kruszewski, C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research


  • Department of Defense awarded 7 million in grants to VCU scientists. 

  • Using Virtual reality 

  • Positive brain reorganization 

  • Having virtual reality pain treatment from the comfort of your own home. 

Clinical Trials of Stem Cell Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury

Developers: U.S National Library of Medicine; Kazuyoshi Yamazaki, Masahito Kawabori, Toshitaka Seki, and Kiyohiro Houkin


  • Lists of clinical trials around the world 

  • Breaks down types of cells that can be used in stem cell healing 

  • Animal experiments performed with these cells 

  • Needs for funding 

“Long-Term Spinal Cord Stimulation After Chronic Complete Spinal Cord Injury Enables Volitional Movement in the Absence of Stimulation”

Developers: University of Minnesota, VA health care, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Hennepin county medical center. Isabela Peña Pino & Caleb Hoover et al. 


  • Focuses on Volitional movements that will be stimulated and then recorded through brain assessments 

  • Had implants of epidural stimulation 

  • Used stationary bikes as well in trials  

  • Wanted to see if complete SCI could not be true and could be medically recovered. 

  • Results showed no significant difference but 4 participants did have volitional movements without stimulation. 

Additional Resources: 

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Mayo Clinic

New Realities

Barwis Methods

The science, combined with hope, prayer and determination - are leading the way!

Everything is possible!

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