SPINE INJURIES AND SCUBA
USING SCUBA MAY HELP PEOPLE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES REGAIN SOME FUNCTION, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Scuba diving helps some people with spinal cord injuries regain a measure of both sensation and muscle function, a Johns Hopkins study led by Adam Kaplin found. Kaplin says the neurotransmitter serotonin is likely involved, and testing that hypothesis is within reach.
KAPLIN: We can test this in our models and actually see, if you take adult rats, and you directly drip in serotonin into their spinal cord will they regain function? And the reason that's important is, we know we can get serotonin to the spinal cord, there are pumps that deliver medications that are helpful at preventing spasticity and other things directly to the spinal cord. We could fill those pumps full of serotonin, if we have evidence from animal models that that transmitter will help regain function. :32
Both Kaplin and study participants are encouraged that something may finally have been identified to help those with spinal cord injury. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.