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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

June 15, 2017 - UH Study: Wheelchair Rugby Lowers Depression and Stress in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Wheelchair rugby is a high-octane team contact sport changing the lives and mental health of the spinal cord injury patients who play it.

June 13, 2017 - Patients with Complete Paralysis Show Additional Recovery of Arm, Hand and Finger Function at 9-months After Treatment with Asterias’ AST-OPC1

Third patient recovers two motor levels; three of six (50%) patients in AIS-A 10 million cell cohort have now recovered two motor levels on at least one side FREMONT, Calif., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST), a biotechnology company pioneering the field of regenerative medicine, today announced that new 9-month… Continue Reading »

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June 12, 2017 - Robotics are helping paralyzed people walk again, but the price tag is huge

Ashley Barnes was 35 years old when doctors told her she would never walk again. A botched spinal procedure in 2014 paralyzed her from the waist down. The Tyler, Tex., resident had been an avid runner, clocking six miles daily when not home with her then-9-year-old autistic son, whom she raised alone. Life in a… Continue Reading »

June 1, 2017 - She’s paralyzed. He has no arms. Together, they’re a sleek athletic team.

Hector Picard and Kerry Gruson were each in their mid-20s when devastating events permanently changed their lives. As a young reporter heading to Vietnam to cover the war in 1974, Gruson was interviewing a veteran Green Beret who had a flashback, mistook her for a Viet Cong and strangled her, leaving her quadriplegic and neurologically… Continue Reading »

May 31, 2017 - Sam Schmidt hopes foundation leaves ultimate legacy

When Sam Schmidt began to prepare his remarks for his Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, he struggled. The race car driver and owner knows it’s his accomplishments on the track that qualified him for the honor, but that’s not the only legacy he’s hoping to leave. At least not since… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Quadriplegic Argentine finds adrenaline rush with racing drone

Agustín Zanoli loved the rush of riding motorcycles and ATVs, but after an accident left him paralyzed, he was unable to participate in some of his favorite activities.

Lab-Grown Neurons Could Help Heal Spinal Injuries and Restore Movement

Researchers grew human spinal cord neurons from stem cells and injected them into healthy mice, where they successfully connected with other neurons.

General Medical Concerns for People with Spinal Cord Injury

When a health concern comes up, how do you know what kind of health care provider to see?

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

What is a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury means that the spinal cord of a person is damaged and the person cannot do things that they otherwise would have been able to do such as walking (mobility) or feeling in certain parts of their body. The spinal cord of a person is roughly 50 centimetres in length and it… Continue Reading »

Dr Peter Grahn

Ten Questions with Dr. Peter Grahn

In the summer of 2005 just graduated Willmar Cardinal basketball player Pete Grahn was enjoying a swim in Green Lake with friends when his life changed for good. It was an exciting time for Pete, he had graduated from Willmar senior high and was headed for Minnesota State- Moorhead to play college basketball and get… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

June 8, 2017 - 5 Ways to Get Cool FAST with a Spinal Cord Injury

The human body is a marvel. Somehow it ended up with the ability to cool itself via sweat, but when you have a spinal cord injury this ability is turned off. Many are shocked to hear this, but when you have a spinal cord injury, you really can no longer sweat. Not surprisingly, this can… Continue Reading »

May 16, 2017 - Apple Accessibility — Designed for everyone

Designed for Todd S. Todd is the CEO of a technology consulting company and a prominent member of the quadriplegic community. With Siri, Switch Control, and the Home app, he can open his front door, adjust the lights in his house, and queue up a party playlist.

April 23, 2017 - Why I Don’t Let Adversity Define My Life After Spinal Cord Injury

I love lacing up my turquoise Nike running shoes each morning. However, every time I leave my house, going for a jog is the furthest thing from my mind as the door closes behind me. In fact, I will go out of my way to avoid a set of stairs like it’s the plague. And… 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..

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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.