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March 28, 2017 - Man with quadriplegia employs injury bridging technologies to move again—just by thinking

First recipient of implanted brain-recording and muscle-stimulating systems reanimates limb that had been stilled for eight years.

March 28, 2017 - An old drug with new potential: WWII chemical-weapon antidote shows early promise as treatment for spinal cord injuries

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A drug developed during World War II as an antidote for a chemical warfare agent has been found to be effective at suppressing a neurotoxin that worsens the pain and severity of spinal cord injuries, suggesting a new tool to treat the injuries. The neurotoxin, called acrolein, is produced within the… Continue Reading »

March 22, 2017 - ‘Eliminate paralysis:’ Former Seahawk Lockette promotes spinal cord research in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A fierce hit during a 2015 game against the Dallas Cowboys knocked Seahawk Ricardo Lockette out of his football career, but helped him into becoming a top ambassador for spinal cord research.

March 21, 2017 - Engineer aims to grow spinal tissue in lab

For a soldier who suffered a spinal cord injury on the battlefield, the promise of regenerative medicine is to fully repair the resulting limb paralysis. But that hope is still years from reality. Not only powerful, but efficient. Studying diseases in lab-created tissue may help reduce the price tag — now roughly $1.8 billion —… Continue Reading »

March 16, 2017 - Makeshift Syrian rehab center offers hope to paralyzed

DOUMA, Syria, March 15 (Reuters) – Ziad, a paralyzed 14-year-old boy, often stays alone in his room as bombs fall on Douma, the main rebel-stronghold in eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. Limited in scope, number and size, there are no nearby shelters equipped to receive Ziad who cannot be moved… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

#ThisIsHowI Show What’s Possible!

The incredible 2+ months of #ThisIsHowI photos and videos has shown us that this is what AbleThrive is all about. So rather than end the campaign, we’re baking it into our culture to continue to bring awareness and visibility to the lives and abilities of people with disabilities around the world. This is how we… Continue Reading »

Todd Stabelfeldt and Karen Stabelfeldt

Assistive Technology: A Love Story

Tecla user’s love story comes true with the help of assistive technology TORONTO, January 31, 2017 – In a world where most communication now occurs via text instead of in person, one out of five cell phone owners report feeling closer to their spouse or partner because of exchanges they’ve had via text message and… Continue Reading »

InfiniteInclusion Flashmob by Infinite Flow – A Wheelchair Dance Company

Infinite Flow, a nonprofit and America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company, performed a massive flash mob at 4:30pm on Sunday November 13, 2016 at the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

What are stem cells and how will they be used to treat the world’s most debilitating diseases?

Stem cell research is often controversial but it has also led to incredible medical progress in recent years. Stem cell research is at defining moment. Although it can be controversial and does raise a lot of important ethical issues, this area of medical science has been characterised by a number of important advances, ever since… Continue Reading »

paralyzed primates walk

If other paralyzed primates walk, will humans?

In the annals of breathtaking scientific advances, it’s hard to top this recent news headline: “Paralyzed Monkeys Can Walk Again With Wireless Brain-Spine Connection.” This is legit? Yes. How so? Scientists implant a chip in a monkey’s brain that sends wireless signals through a computer to electrodes in the lower back. The system stimulates a… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

March 20, 2017 - Working or volunteering after a Spinal Cord Injury

The majority of spinal cord injuries are still caused by traumatic events, such as road traffic accidents or falls. Sports injuries and violence are also common causes of spinal cord injuries. A (so-called) non-traumatic injury can occur because of arthritis, inflammation, infections or disc degeneration of the spine that can cause compression and therefore damage… Continue Reading »

March 3, 2017 - Spinal injury opened my eyes to my huge abilities

One Saturday, as usual, I drove to the National Spinal Injury Hospital (NSIH). When I got there, I requested a gentleman, whom I later learnt was a brother to one of the patients, to help me get on my wheelchair. He was amazed! “So you drive? And you cannot walk? Yet you’re such warm and… Continue Reading »

Travis Roy

March 1, 2017 - How Travis Roy Rebuilt After a Tragic Hockey Injury

On Oct. 20, 1995, 11 seconds into his college hockey career, Travis Roy found himself face down on the ice at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena, unable to feel his limbs. On Tuesday, he came to Boston College and talked about that moment and how he rebuilt his life afterward. The motivational speaker and founder… 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.