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August 16, 2016 - Quadriplegic Israeli Inventor Designs Device That Allows Him to Stand

Nearly everyone knows about ReWalk, the revolutionary robotic exoskeleton invented in Israel that allows paraplegics to stand, walk, and even navigate steps and run marathons. Ironically, ReWalk inventor Amit Goffer cannot use his own device because he is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down following an accident in 1997. But last summer he was… Continue Reading »

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August 14, 2016 - Utah’s longest-living quadriplegic who never stops moving

SALT LAKE CITY — Becky Reeve was going to be the world’s greatest missionary and then the world’s greatest mother — until a car accident on an icy road in New Mexico paralyzed her from the neck down, and she determined instead that she would be the world’s greatest handicapped person. How’s that going? Well,… Continue Reading »

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August 9, 2016 - Gene Behind Long Body Of Snake May Help Patients With Spinal Injuries

Snakes owe their long and slithery bodies to “junk DNA,” large chunks of the reptile’s genome that scientists once thought to be useless. The gene called Oct4 may eventually help treat people with spinal injuries. Oct4 is responsible for regulating stem cells and affects the growth of the trunk in the middle part of a… Continue Reading »

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August 8, 2016 - German social court rules ReWalk exoskeleton medically necessary for patient with SCI

ReWalk Robotics announced the first ruling by the Social Welfare Court of Speyer which declared the ReWalk exoskeleton system was medically necessary and should be covered by insurance for a patient with spinal cord injury. The ruling, delivered in late July, overturns the original denial of the claim by the payer, a statutory health insurance… Continue Reading »

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August 3, 2016 - Spinal cord injury patients may benefit from using exoskeleton earlier in treatment

Cumming School study first in Canada to examine whether using robotic device immediately following injuries promotes recovery Researchers from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine are the first in Canada to examine the benefits of using an exoskeleton robotic device to rehabilitate patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the days and weeks… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

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Using VR and an exoskeletons to help paraplegics regain movement

After twelve months, eight patients and 2,052 sessions spread over 1,958 hours, Duke University is publishing some promising results from a study seeking to demonstrate the ability for brain-machine interfaces to help restore mobility in humans. The study, which appeared this week in Scientific Reports, looked at a group of paraplegic patients suffering from a… Continue Reading »

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Meet Catfish Chris

Fourteen years ago, a car crash left Chris paralyzed from the chest down—but he didn’t let that keep him from fishing.

Mower Attachment for disabled people in wheelchairs

Mower Attachment for disabled people in wheelchairs

A man’s friend wanted to be able to mow the yard after his legs have lost function from M.S. so he built him this.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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How is Spirituality Linked to Quality of Life in People with Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage anywhere along the spinal cord, often due to an accident or other trauma. SCI typically causes a loss of movement and feeling below the damaged part of the spinal cord, often leading to paralysis and other changes in functioning. People with SCI may be more likely to develop… Continue Reading »

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Q&A: The Lesser-known Maladies of Spinal Cord Injuries

Last month, David Sharp and his fellow colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., received a $1.2 million grant from New York State to advance their promising technology for treating paralysis and other effects of spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Sharp recently spoke with Laboratory Equipment’s Editor-in-Chief Michelle Taylor about what the funding means to him and how he intends to use it to further his promising research.

Spinal Cord Injury Information

Just Don’t Dive! Go in Feet First to Avoid Spinal Cord Injuries

August 1, 2016 - Just Don’t Dive! Go in Feet First to Avoid Spinal Cord Injuries

Diving into a pool or lake during summer activities may land you in a wheelchair for the rest of your life; over 800 people per year suffer a spinal cord injury from diving in head first. These injuries are preventable—just remember to always go in feet first when entering pools, ponds, lakes, and the ocean.… Continue Reading »

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July 17, 2016 - Things you might not know about Autonomic Dysreflexia

The body is a series of checks and balances. This is true of muscles that push and countering muscles that pull. It is also true of the nervous system that operates in a balancing type of process. Individuals with higher level spinal cord injury can develop a complication called Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD). This is a… Continue Reading »

Mower Attachment for disabled people in wheelchairs

July 7, 2016 - Mower Attachment for disabled people in wheelchairs

A man’s friend wanted to be able to mow the yard after his legs have lost function from M.S. so he built him this.

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.