Spinal Cord Reconstruction, Neural Growth Factor Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy
Sultan Said is a handsome 29 year-old man, who should be enjoying the sunshine while running and sweating in the football field with his pals. Unfortunately, he has been trapped in a wheelchair for more than 9 years after a disastrous car accident. After so many attempted treatments, he was facing enormous discouragement. Finally, he found the neurosurgery specialists at Beijing Puhua International Hospital (BPIH) for spinal cord injury (SCI).
After the accident, Sultan was not only unable to use his arms or legs, but also had difficulties in controlling urination and defecation. His deep and superficial sense of touch was gone below the bilateral T7 plane: he lost feelings and motor control from the waist down. Muscular tone in the four limbs was not high. Muscle strength of the proximal arms was 4/5 while the distal was 0/5: there was some remaining muscle strength around the shoulder, but he was unable to feel or use his hands.
After his physical examination at admission for spinal cord injury, Sultan was underwent intra-spinal surgical exploration via cervical post-middle approach, as well as nerve repair. The operation was successful. In concert with the neurosurgery, the patient was given Neural Growth Factor Therapy via lumbar puncture.
After 24 day’s in-patient treatment for spinal cord injury, surgery and rehab training, Sultan had regained partial function of his arms: he was able to move his arms and use his hands. Although he was still unable to regain the sensation below his waist, Sultan now was able to move around in his wheelchair by himself, which was a big improvement of his living quality after 9 years of assisted living. The patient was extremely gratified with this early response to his initial round of therapy.