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Tim Morris pushing himself farther

April 15, 2017 - Tim Morris pushing himself farther

Ten years ago, personal trainer Tim Morris suffered the unimaginable: a T-4 level spinal cord injury after a rollover car accident that left him in a month-long coma with a broken neck, back, ribs, shoulder, hand and punctured lungs. Morris is now paralyzed from the chest down but, rather than limit him, he has turned… Continue Reading »

April 3, 2017 - Man moves paralyzed legs using device that stimulates spinal cord

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions for the first time in three years. The case, the result of collaboration with UCLA researchers, appears today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers say… Continue Reading »

April 1, 2017 - Lawyer works to keep a positive outlook on his quadriplegic status

KEARNEY — Just one finger, a hand, an arm. That’s all Jeff Wirth is asking for. In the 13½ months since a minor crash, Wirth hasn’t been able to voluntarily move any of his limbs from his chest down or to care for himself. He’s a quadriplegic. “One arm would be huge. Being able to… Continue Reading »

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 »

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

April 12, 2017 - Common Myths about Spinal Cord Injuries

The internet can be a gift and a curse at the same time. It offers the potential of providing people with some very valuable information, but also allows for a lot of misconstrued and ill-informed ideas. This has created quite a large amount of confusion and that can be very dangerous for those seeking medical… Continue Reading »

April 10, 2017 - Memoirs of a Body – A Short Documentary

A short documentary called Memoirs of a Body, which takes a unique look at how we physically embody our sense of self through the life of Josh “Staff” Marshbanks.

April 7, 2017 - 10 of the most significant advances in spinal injury repair

Until World War II, people with spinal cord injuries had few treatment or rehabilitation options. And even today, spinal cord injuries can have catastrophic effects on everything from mobility to sensation, bladder, bowel and sexual function. However, over the past 20 years, several breakthroughs in spinal cord repair and technology have emerged. No single breakthrough… 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.