In an article published on Monday, the Independent newspaper reported that the Scottish Government is preparing to launch a clinical trial to find out why some people are unable to walk.
“There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about people who have difficulty walking but it’s not certain that the underlying pathology is the same as a spinal cord injury,” said Dr Stephen Pankow, from Glasgow’s King’s College Hospital.
It is not known whether there are genetic causes of the problem or whether it is a result of a disease that is more common in people who live in the city.
In an attempt to better understand why some can walk, Dr PankOW is working with a group of researchers from the University of Glasgow to develop a diagnostic test that would identify the underlying genetic causes.
The research will include a comparison of a group with spinal cord injuries and those without.
If the results are positive, the patient will be put on a waiting list and the spinal cord will be removed.
But the researchers are hopeful that if they can identify the cause of the spinal injuries, they will be able to prevent the condition from progressing.
Dr Pankower said that although he and his team are working with the Glasgow Institute of Neurology and the Glasgow and Clyde Health Authority, they have no clinical experience with spinal cords.
However, he said they would continue to work with them.
He said: “The first step is to find an underlying cause.
It’s going to take time, it’s going have to be a trial with a large number of patients, but if we can identify that underlying pathology, then we can treat it.”
In the article, Dr Michael Ayden, from the National Centre for Clinical Excellence for Spinal Cord Injury, said there was “some evidence” that the spinal injury can cause a number of health problems including anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Ayden added that the research was “going to be really important” in identifying the cause.
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