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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

Rowheels Rev1 Wheelchair wheels

February 24, 2015 - New wheel design for manual wheelchairs eases physical strain for users

Rev1 wheels reduce the risk of injury for manual wheelchair users After fracturing his leg and learning how difficult it was to maneuver a traditional wheelchair, Rimas Buinevicius formed a partnership with Rowheels to reinvent the design of the wheel. With injuries mounting for manual wheelchair users, the Fitchburg-based company is looking to ease the… Continue Reading »

Romy Camargo

February 23, 2015 - ‘An amazing example for all of us’

Once a Green Beret, always a Green Beret. On Friday, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Romulo “Romy” Camargo will retire after 20 years of active duty. He’ll have his ceremony at the 7th Special Forces Group compound, surrounded by his family and friends and fellow Green Berets. Most of the first 13 years of his… Continue Reading »

Marc Buoniconti Richard Petty Darrell Gwynn

February 21, 2015 - Darrell Gwynn ‘comes Home’ As He Joins The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis

The Hall of Fame Drag Racer will unite with Marc Buoniconti to help find a cure for paralysis and help those living with paralysis have an improved quality of life Nearing the 25th anniversary of both his last National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) win and the accident that left him paralyzed, Hall of Fame Drag… Continue Reading »

Joe Stone

February 20, 2015 - Stone’s will: Quadriplegic inspires Cayuse students

Joe Stone has used a wheelchair for four and a half years. In that time the 29-year-old Missoula resident has become the first known quadriplegic to attempt the Ironman Triatholon, biked Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and established the Joe Stone Foundation to help others with disabilities get active in the outdoors. Stone shared… Continue Reading »

higher rate of insurance discontinuation

February 20, 2015 - Patients with traumatic spinal injuries have higher rate of insurance discontinuation

Researchers found insurance discontinuation rates were significantly higher for patients with traumatic spinal injuries when compared with healthy patient with no injuries, according to a recently published study. Using the MarketScan database, the researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study of privately insured spine trauma patients who underwent surgery from 2006 to 2010. The researchers also… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Jablonski Moving Forward

Jablonski Moving Forward, Three Years after Spinal Cord Injury

Jack Jablonski isn’t letting a life-altering spinal cord injury get in the way of achieving his dreams.

He’s 19 years old now and just last month he started college at the University of Southern California.

Henry Evans by robot at Art Museum

Robot helps quadriplegic man tour St. Louis Art Museum

ST. LOUIS • A robot rolled into the galleries of the St. Louis Art Museum on Thursday.

It was tall, as tall as a man. It had a sturdy base and a thin monitor; something of an iPad on a pole with wheels. It came up the elevator, exited on the third floor, and drove past the Norman Rockwell, the Thomas Hart Benton and all those George Caleb Binghams.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers


Stepping Closer To Nerve Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury Interview with: Bradley T. Lang, PhD Researcher, Jerry Silver Lab Department of Neurosciences Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine

Do spinal cord injuries cause subsequent brain damage?

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine researchers find that spinal cord injuries can cause brain degeneration Baltimore, Md., November 14, 2014–Most research on spinal cord injuries has focused on effects due to spinal cord damage and scientists have neglected the effects on brain function. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers have found… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information


February 11, 2015 - Hope For Spinal Cord Regeneration

Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severely disabling condition that can result in full or partial paralysis, as well as sensory and autonomic dysfunction. SCI has an estimated incidence of 12,000 new cases per year in the United States alone, caused primarily by automobile accidents, falls, violence and sports. Despite extensive research, an effective… Continue Reading »

January 30, 2015 - Upper Limb Kinematics After Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A Review

Although a number of upper limb kinematic studies have been conducted, no review actually addresses the key-features of open-chain upper limb movements after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). The aim of this literature review is to provide a clear understanding of motor control and kinematic changes during open-chain upper limb reaching, reach-to-grasp, overhead movements, and… Continue Reading »


January 17, 2015 - Former surfer, now quadriplegic’s advice: Never give up

ALBANY, Ore. — Ron Heagy Jr. of Millersburg, Ore., used to think he had problems. He was 17, 6-foot-2, and could bench-press 300 pounds. He was going to be a fullback for Oregon State University. He had plans for spring break that didn’t include dragging his little brother along on a surfing trip. But here… 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.