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July 2, 2015 - Researchers discovers ways to regenerate corticospinal tract axons

Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have found a way to stimulate the growth of axons, which may spell the dawn of a new beginning on chronic SCI treatments. Chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a formidable hurdle that prevents a large number of injured axons from crossing the lesion,… Continue Reading »

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July 2, 2015 - High-tech equipment, good attitude help after spinal cord injury

Standing in one place is exercise for Frank Muegge, 57. “I stand for an hour a day to prevent bone problems like osteoporosis.” Muegge is paralyzed from the armpits down, the result of a car accident about 10 years ago. His arms work, but his hands don’t. His paralysis is why he’s surrounded by advanced… Continue Reading »

Dan Thomas will take part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

June 26, 2015 - Pain, paralysis “just life” for Surrey man

It wasn’t that long ago that Dan Thomas thought he had it all. After years of hard work – he bought his first dump truck at 18, and had worked in the truck and excavating industry for nearly 30 years – the Newton resident, then 45, had a wife, a business and a house he’d… Continue Reading »

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June 26, 2015 - London’s bionic man making impressive strides

Mitch Brogan is among those rare few who refuses to take no for an answer. When doctors told him he would never walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2006 that left him a quadriplegic, Brogan set about to prove them wrong. Far from willing just to sit in his wheelchair and watch… Continue Reading »

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June 24, 2015 - The most, and least, wheelchair accessible cities: a quadriplegic’s guide

Last week, CityMetric reported on RATP’s interactive map of the Paris Metro. It has a button you can press to see where on the network people in wheelchairs can go. It’s great. The only problem is, when you press that button, pretty much the entire network disappears. If I’ve learned one thing in the nine… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

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Quadriplegic overcomes obstacles to pursue horse racing passion

KELOWNA – She’s not exactly a typical horse rider but 62-year-old Adrienne Colby isn’t letting her disability get in the way of her passion. When Colby was 30, a car accident left her a quadriplegic.

Quadriplegic bodybuilder works towards going pro

Quadriplegic bodybuilder works towards going pro

WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – With the help of friends and family one local quadriplegic man is working towards becoming a professional body builder.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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Woman with Disabilities: How Accessible is the Road to Motherhood?

There are 27 million women with disabilities in the United States according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these women will have babies independently and the old fashioned way, via cesarean or natural birth.  The number of woman on social media who are pregnant on wheels is like a positive epidemic. These… Continue Reading »

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What is Autonomic Dysreflexia?

Autonomic Dysreflexia Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a potentially life-threatening medical emergency that affects people with spinal cord injuries at the T6 level or higher. Although rare, some people with T7 and T8 injuries can develop AD. For most people, AD can be easily treated as well as prevented. The key is knowing your baseline blood… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

June 29, 2015 - Majority of patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries develop adverse events during acute care

The majority of patients recovering from traumatic spinal cord injuries developed an adverse event during acute hospital care at rates significantly higher than previously reported, according to results in a recently published study.

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June 10, 2015 - How to Play Blues Harmonica after a High Level Spinal Cord Injury

A few years ago Jeremy Olson discovered something that could dramatically improve the quality of life of many people. We already know that the harmonica is one of the most versatile, easy to play and affordable instruments out there. But what makes the harmonica special is that it is the perfect instrument if you have sustained a… Continue Reading »

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June 9, 2015 - Spinal Cord Injuries Drop Among Young, But Rise Among Older Americans

Falls are the major cause among the elderly, researchers say While the overall rate of traumatic spinal cord injuries was stable from 1993 to 2012, an increasing number of older Americans have experienced this injury, a new study finds. “Spinal cord injury is a catastrophic injury that often results in permanent disability,” said lead researcher… 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.