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Chondroitinase Clinical Trial

April 15, 2014 - Chondroitinase Clinical Trial for dogs with severe spinal cord injury

“Chondroitinase improves the outcome after spinal cord injuries in lab animals; therefore it could also benefit dogs and people suffering from the same conditions.” The purpose of our clinical trial is to help these severely affected dogs by testing if a new treatment, called chondroitinase, may improve the outcome after spinal cord injury in dogs.… Continue Reading »

Paul Farthing Southeast Medical

April 14, 2014 - Paralysis leads to business success

On July 27, 1993, 19-year-old Paul Farthing was playing with his Great Dane pup near his backyard pool. “I had just shaved my head and was preparing to go back to The Citadel. I was selected for the Training Cadre,” said Farthing, now 39. He was playfully taunting the pup to get her to chase… Continue Reading »

Stem cells differentiated into neuron cells

April 13, 2014 - Not so Silly Putty: UM researchers use one of its components to turn stem cells into spinal cord cells

Crain’s Detroit Business is long overdue for a story or blog on Silly Putty. Better late than never, here we go: As it turns out, a main component in silly putty helps stem cells that are being grown in culture turn into the specialized cells researchers need. The component is called polydimethylsiloxane, and it provides… Continue Reading »

Mark Bonnar Inter Spinal Unit Games

April 13, 2014 - Spinal injury proves no barrier to competing in sport

A MAN left paralysed after a diving accident in Tenerife has made a five hundred mile round trip to compete in the Inter Spinal Unit Games. Marc Bonnar, who was paralysed after the accident in a swimming pool in 2012, was part of the team from the North of England Spinal Cord Injury Centre in… Continue Reading »

The Sand Rider

April 13, 2014 - Man’s idea for big wheels lets him hit the sand rolling

VIRGINIA BEACH Bill Fertig struggled with beach vacations for years. A motorcycle wreck 14 years ago left him a paraplegic. On a trip to Nags Head one summer, Fertig relied on a cumbersome wheelchair that even the strongest member of his family could barely push through the sand. Fertig stayed back at the house so… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

The Upsee by Firefly

The Upsee by Firefly

Our products make lives better. Firefly is about special needs family participation, helping more children take part in special family moments. The Upsee is an upright standing mobility product to help special needs children learn the motion of walking… learn more about this fantastic product and check out our other promotional and animated videos on… Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic returns to ski slopes after decade

A decade after a ski accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, Kenny Salvini, 33, took to the slopes again this month. “Feels good. It was really smooth,” Salvini said in an interview with Seattle King 5 TV after the first run. “Snow feels good, just like I remembered it.” With the help of… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

how neurons control fine motor behavior

How neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm

Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As the research group led by Professor Silvia Arber at the Basel University Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions not only towards the musculature, but at… Continue Reading »

Will stem cell therapy help cure spinal cord injury?

A systematic survey of the scientific literature shows that stem cell therapy can have a statistically significant impact on animal models of spinal cord injury, and points the way for future studies. Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road traffic or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences, and… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

SpinalMap-ebook

March 19, 2014 - SpinalMap eBook

SpinalMap: An Essential Read for Partners, Friends, Colleagues and Care Givers of SCI patients. SpinalMap, has been described by a rehab professional as an “essential read” for both recently injured people as well as family, friends and associates of people who have suffered spinal cord injury. For close friends and relatives, SpinalMap provides insight and… Continue Reading »

Dr. Paul Smolen

January 10, 2014 - Spinal Cord Injuries in Young People

Spinal cord injuries often involve young people but few teens and college students understand the potentially life threatening risks that come with playing many popular sports. Unfortunately, with their youth often comes a feeling of invulnerability, and the belief that they are impervious to injury. It’s all part of being young, but all it only… Continue Reading »

My-Last-Step-Backward

December 19, 2013 - BOOK: “My Last Step Backward”

Crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA 2012 and winner of the National Rehabilitation Champion award, Tasha Schuh continues to travel and share her story of resilience and triumph over her tragedy. “My Last Step Backward” is Schuh’s first book about her erudite journey as a quadriplegic, beginning with her pre-accident years as an adolescent to the details… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

The term "Spinal Cord Injury" refers to any injury of the neural (pertaining to nerves) elements within the spine..

Spinal Cord Picture

SCI can occur from either trauma or disease to the vertebral column or the spinal cord itself. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of trauma to the vertebral column. These injuries can affect the spinal cord's ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic function below the level of injury.

Depending on the location and severity of the injury, the body can be affected in a myriad of ways. Typically, the nerves above the injury site continue to function as they always have and the nerves below the site do not.

According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million people. That's the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And that number is nearly 40 percent higher than previous estimates showed.