Boosting energy levels within damaged nerves may help them heal

When the spinal cord is injured, the damaged nerve fibers -- called axons -- are normally incapable of regrowth, leading to permanent loss of function. Considerable research has been done to find ways to promote the regeneration of axons following injury. Results of a study performed in mice and published in Cell Metabolism suggests that increasing energy supply within these injured spinal cord nerves could help promote axon regrowth and restore some motor functions.