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Open Access Highly Accessed Review

Cellular therapies for treating pain associated with spinal cord injury

Lawrence Leung

Author Affiliations

Centre of Neurosciences Study, Queen's University, 18 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada

Centre of Studies in Primary Care, Queen's University, 220 Bagot Street, Kingston, ON K7L 5E9, Canada

Department of Family Medicine, Queen's University, 220 Bagot Street, Kingston, ON K7L 5E9, Canada

Journal of Translational Medicine 2012, 10:37  doi:10.1186/1479-5876-10-37

Published: 6 March 2012

Abstract

Spinal cord injury leads to immense disability and loss of quality of life in human with no satisfactory clinical cure. Cell-based or cell-related therapies have emerged as promising therapeutic potentials both in regeneration of spinal cord and mitigation of neuropathic pain due to spinal cord injury. This article reviews the various options and their latest developments with an update on their therapeutic potentials and clinical trialing.

Keywords:
Cellular therapies; Spinal cord injury; Pain