Apart from rehabilitation, treatment options for patients suffering from spinal cord injury are very limited. During the sub-acute phase after injury, secondary processes of damage, such as inflammation and scar formation, take place. It is thus regarded as one of the clinically most relevant time points for therapeutic intervention.
In promising preliminary findings (conducted with the support of the Lorenz Böhler Fonds, kindly provided by the AUVA) extracorporeal shockwave treatment (ESWT) has been shown to improve regeneration and modulate inflammatory processes in different tissues, including neuronal tissues such as peripheral nerves. Therefore, the Wings For Life foundation has awarded a grant to researchers from the LBI Trauma. The team under the lead of Dr Heinz Redl is optimistic that their research on ESWT during the sub-acute and chronic phase after spinal cord injury will contribute valuable data adding to the general knowledge on treating patients in a safe, non-invasive and effective way.