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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

The second participant to receive an epidural stimulator as part of the investigation of standing, stepping and voluntary control in individuals with complete spinal cord injury.

May 23, 2015 - Scientists Meet in Louisville to Share Research That Could Improve Treatments for Spinal Cord, Head Injury

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (5/23/15) — More than a dozen leading basic scientists from around the nation and the world studying neurological function made presentations to 160 fellow researchers in Louisville Wednesday and Thursday. The goal? To facilitate collaborations that will advance science leading to improved spinal cord and head injury rehabilitation. Scientists from Sweden, Canada and… Continue Reading »

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May 21, 2015 - After years of paralysis, a man drinks a beer with the help of a mind-reading robot

A new thought-controlled robotic arm taps into a different part of the brain than most, which its creators say may give its paralyzed users an easier learning curve and allow for more fluid movements. They report on the success of their first patient, Erik G. Sorto, in a paper published Thursday in Science. When Sorto,… Continue Reading »

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May 21, 2015 - Brain implant controls robotic arm – with the power of thought

Erik Sorto, a 34-year old American, has been unable to move his arms or legs for more than a decade, since a gunshot wound left him paralysed from the neck down. Even now, he misses the little things. “I want to be able to drink my own beer – to be able to take a… Continue Reading »

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May 17, 2015 - Recovery a lifelong project for therapy center founder

Clinton Township — Charlie Parkhill talks with his hands. It’s remarkable, given that 17 years ago, an accident left him unable to move his body below his neck. Parkhill was a CPA with his own business when, in 1998, he went on vacation with his wife to Mexico. While he was coming out of the… Continue Reading »

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May 14, 2015 - First 2 spinal cord injury patients progress after InVivo’s Neuro-Spinal Scaffold — 5 key notes

The first two patients to receive InVivo’s Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for spinal cord injury are showing improvement three-to-six months after surgery. The first spinal cord injury patient was treated in October 2014 at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and the second was treated in January 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Next Generation of Neuroprosthetics: Erik’s Story

Next Generation of Neuroprosthetics: Erik’s Story

Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik G. Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it

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Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient’s Intentions

Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain’s movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb—one that can be either connected to or separate from the patient’s own limb.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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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 »

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Answers to Questions on Exercise & Nutrition after SCI

The information contained on this page is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always ask your physician or other qualified health professional about any matter concerning your individual health. Always seek the advice of your physician prior to starting or changing any diet or exercise programs.

Spinal Cord Injury Information

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May 4, 2015 - Nervous System Function and Autonomic Dysreflexia

The nervous system controls movement, sensation, thinking and behavioral activities. It consists of various elements which comprise the whole complex working process. It is not segmented as individual working parts but rather a very complicated system that overlaps in layers of functions. Two anatomic components of the nervous system are the central and peripheral nervous… Continue Reading »

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April 21, 2015 - Living with a spinal cord injury for 50 years and counting!

I am a 50 year SCI ‘spinal cord injury’ survivor. I wrote this hoping it might encourage someone or help them get diagnosed. Life is pretty much what we make of it, change is constant in a body and this world, but we can cope with those changes. Stuff happens, we must cope with what… Continue Reading »

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April 21, 2015 - Post-Traumatic Syringomyelia

Syringomyelia is an uncommon but disabling complication of SCI. Although more than half of all people with SCI develop a cyst in the spinal cord at the injury site, only about 4% develop syringomyelia, in which the cyst fills with fluid and expands. This enlarged cyst, or syrinx, can damage the spinal cord and cause… 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.