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May 18, 2017 - From father to quadriplegic: How rehab gave me my life back

AFTER the accident the first thing I wanted to do was tell everybody I was going to walk again. Just days after Christmas in 2014, I fell off the balcony of my Sydney northern beaches home. Our lives turned upside down in an instant. With my wife Jo by my side, I was rushed to… Continue Reading »

May 13, 2017 - A ‘freak’ accident sidelines lifelong athlete with severe spinal cord injury

Some people have natural athletic abilities, and Quebec-born Erin Saari, is one of them.

May 12, 2017 - Schmidt, Andretti trade barbs on eve of semi-autonomous car showdown

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — They stared each other down with seemingly serious intentions, two racers sounding like boxers as they engaged in playful trash talk and measured each other. “Just take it easy on me,” said Sam Schmidt, the quadriplegic in a wheelchair. “Just take it easy on me,” said Mario Andretti, the 77-year-old Hall of… Continue Reading »

May 11, 2017 - The key numbers from a record-breaking Wings for Life World Run

The fourth Wings for Life World Run was another record-breaking edition – with 155,288 registered participants raising a huge 6.8 million euros for spinal cord research. The global movement saw 27 course records smashed as participants of all levels, from fun runners to elite champions, set off at 11:00 UTC, running side-by-side and via the… Continue Reading »

May 9, 2017 - United Spinal’s “Roll on Capitol Hill” to Advocate for Policies that Strengthen Health and Independence for Wheelchair Users

Richard Bagby of Richmond, Virginia to Represent Disability Community NEW YORK, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association’s 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., will host Richard Bagby, former collegiate athlete and deputy director of the organization’s Virginia chapter, along with other prominent disability advocates to speak directly with legislators… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Lab-Grown Neurons Could Help Heal Spinal Injuries and Restore Movement

Researchers grew human spinal cord neurons from stem cells and injected them into healthy mice, where they successfully connected with other neurons.

#ThisIsHowI Show What’s Possible!

The incredible 2+ months of #ThisIsHowI photos and videos has shown us that this is what AbleThrive is all about. So rather than end the campaign, we’re baking it into our culture to continue to bring awareness and visibility to the lives and abilities of people with disabilities around the world. This is how we… Continue Reading »

Todd Stabelfeldt and Karen Stabelfeldt

Assistive Technology: A Love Story

Tecla user’s love story comes true with the help of assistive technology TORONTO, January 31, 2017 – In a world where most communication now occurs via text instead of in person, one out of five cell phone owners report feeling closer to their spouse or partner because of exchanges they’ve had via text message and… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

Dr Peter Grahn

Ten Questions with Dr. Peter Grahn

In the summer of 2005 just graduated Willmar Cardinal basketball player Pete Grahn was enjoying a swim in Green Lake with friends when his life changed for good. It was an exciting time for Pete, he had graduated from Willmar senior high and was headed for Minnesota State- Moorhead to play college basketball and get… Continue Reading »

What are stem cells and how will they be used to treat the world’s most debilitating diseases?

Stem cell research is often controversial but it has also led to incredible medical progress in recent years. Stem cell research is at defining moment. Although it can be controversial and does raise a lot of important ethical issues, this area of medical science has been characterised by a number of important advances, ever since… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

May 16, 2017 - Apple Accessibility — Designed for everyone

Designed for Todd S. Todd is the CEO of a technology consulting company and a prominent member of the quadriplegic community. With Siri, Switch Control, and the Home app, he can open his front door, adjust the lights in his house, and queue up a party playlist.

April 23, 2017 - Why I Don’t Let Adversity Define My Life After Spinal Cord Injury

I love lacing up my turquoise Nike running shoes each morning. However, every time I leave my house, going for a jog is the furthest thing from my mind as the door closes behind me. In fact, I will go out of my way to avoid a set of stairs like it’s the plague. And… Continue Reading »

April 12, 2017 - Common Myths about Spinal Cord Injuries

The internet can be a gift and a curse at the same time. It offers the potential of providing people with some very valuable information, but also allows for a lot of misconstrued and ill-informed ideas. This has created quite a large amount of confusion and that can be very dangerous for those seeking medical… 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.