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November 28, 2016 - Technology helps quadriplegic Miss. man hunt deer, drive, paint

MERIDIAN, Miss. — A little more than 30 years ago, as an 11th grader, Evan Edwards broke his neck during a tackle in a football game. A C4-5 quadriplegic, the eastern Mississippi man cannot move his lower body, wrists or hands. He eats by moving special utensils tucked into his wrist brace with his shoulder… Continue Reading »

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November 25, 2016 - World-first resort and health spa for people with spinal cord injuries Sargood On Collaroy set to open

A WORLD-FIRST resort and health spa for people with spinal cord injuries is nearing completion on the northern beaches. The $22 million Sargood On Collaroy has uninterrupted views of the beach and includes 17 specially built, self-contained apartments. The resort will be partly owned by the State Government’s Icare, the Sargood Foundation and an unknown… Continue Reading »

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November 22, 2016 - Quadriplegic uses painting skills to inspire others

Cape Town – After losing the use of his limbs 14 years ago, Brenton Swartz could have given up on life. He was shot, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. But the quadriplegic, who studied architecture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, refused to let life get him down. Swartz is now an… Continue Reading »

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November 21, 2016 - Experimental scaffold hasn’t reversed her paralysis, but she’s embraced life ‘with wheels as legs’

Jesi Stracham used to captivate biotech investors and inadvertently move markets with social media posts documenting her dogged quest to get out of her wheelchair and back onto her feet. These days, the energetic 24-year-old North Carolina resident goes online to tell a different story. Many of her Facebook and Instagram posts show her competing in off-road… Continue Reading »

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November 19, 2016 - Quadriplegic woman embraces future as mother after IVF treatment

BABY Reagan stretches his hands as he lies on a pillow on his mother’s lap. Nicole Crawford gently kisses his fingers, wondrous at the miracle that is his birth. She can only feel and touch him with her kisses. She wishes she could hold her newborn baby in her arms, but as a quadriplegic she… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

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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.

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Spinal cord rehabilitation and repair: an interview with Quentin Barraud

Spinal cord repair and rehabilitation is a difficult but important topic to research, can you please give a brief overview of research in this field? There are many grades of spinal cord injuries, in terms of range of movement, from small disabilities to becoming wheelchair bound for the rest of your life, the range is… Continue Reading »

A wireless implant bypasses spinal-cord injuries in monkeys, enabling them to move their legs. [Adapted from Jackson, A., Nature, 539 177-178 (2016).]

Brain implants allow paralysed monkeys to walk

Swiss researchers travel to China to conduct pioneering experiment. For more than a decade, neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine has been flying every few months from his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to another lab in Beijing, China, where he conducts research on monkeys with the aim of treating spinal-cord injuries.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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Spinal cord rehabilitation and repair: an interview with Quentin Barraud

Spinal cord repair and rehabilitation is a difficult but important topic to research, can you please give a brief overview of research in this field? There are many grades of spinal cord injuries, in terms of range of movement, from small disabilities to becoming wheelchair bound for the rest of your life, the range is… Continue Reading »

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How to set up and track Apple Watch wheelchair workouts

People in wheelchairs no longer get treated like second-class citizens when it comes to Apple Watch’s fitness-tracking features. With the recent watchOS 3.0 update, which brings lots of big changes to the fitness-oriented wearable, Apple Watch wheelchair workouts can be tracked after a quick and easy setup. Part of Apple’s wide-ranging accessibility initiative, these new… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

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November 14, 2016 - No barrier is unbreakable! By Tamara Mena

I am Tamara Mena and I am 30 years old. I’m a host, model, and motivational speaker.

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October 15, 2016 - BOOK: I’m Not Broken

Twenty-something Samantha McCormick wakes up in the hospital to learn she has a spinal cord injury from a car accident, and she’s paralyzed from the waist down. It doesn’t take her long to begin to master the new physical challenges in her life. But she’s haunted by the blurred lines between dreams and a fractured… Continue Reading »

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October 11, 2016 - How-To: Yoga Poses from Your Wheelchair

Adaptive Yoga Yoga – is this evoking images of a human pretzel? The good news is that you don’t have tie yourself in a knot to reap the benefits of yoga. Whether you are in a wheelchair or power chair, yoga is an adaptable activity for people of all abilities. Benefits of Practicing Yoga Increased… 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.