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February 13, 2018 - Paralyzed Vermont woman receives hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards to decorate hospital room

COLCHESTER, Vt. — There’s a patient wing at Fanny Allen in Colchester that’s filled with a whole lot of love. “I’ve gotten cards from all over the place (like) New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, California, Washington state, Oregon, all of New England,” said Sara Conchieri.

February 12, 2018 - Spinal cord injuries can’t keep three Arkansans from living

Jen Goodwin did everything she was supposed to do — she graduated from college, bought her first house and accepted her dream job in Little Rock. Then in 2008 she decided to spend a June day on Lake Hamilton with her neighbor. The two were boating around the lake, looking at the lights bouncing off… Continue Reading »

February 10, 2018 - Paralyzed in 2014 crash that killed her beloved husband, Robinette Tilley stays in family business

Robinette Tilley is the boss. The fact that she rides a wheelchair now instead of a motorcycle hasn’t changed that. Tilley was in her customary spot, sitting behind her husband, Don, on his Harley-Davidson when the motorcycle crashed on Aug. 29, 2014 near Mile Post 394 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County. Don,… Continue Reading »

February 5, 2018 - Adult Stem Cells Treat Spinal Cord Injury

Laura Dominguez-Tauer is a living, breathing example of what it takes to overcome adversity. An oil spill on a San Antonio freeway is blamed for the car crash that sent Laura and her brother directly into a retaining wall in 2001. As she lay tangled in the middle of the car, she heard a paramedic… Continue Reading »

February 1, 2018 - UofL researchers report activity-based training improves urinary function after spinal cord injury

Activity-based training has resulted in unexpected benefits for individuals with severe spinal cord injury. Researchers in the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville have discovered that the training, designed to help individuals with SCI improve motor function, also leads to improved bladder and bowel function and increased sexual desire. Research participants… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Disabled Veterans Using Rowing To Push Forward

Disabled veterans David Graham and John Fay would like to use their stories as an example to others facing disabilities or hardships in life, that the key is to keep pushing forward.

Quadriplegic Argentine finds adrenaline rush with racing drone

Agustín Zanoli loved the rush of riding motorcycles and ATVs, but after an accident left him paralyzed, he was unable to participate in some of his favorite activities.

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.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

What is life like with a spinal cord injury?

Having a spinal cord injury changes some things forever, but you can still have a full and rewarding life. A saying among people who have a spinal cord injury is, “Before your injury, you could do 10,000 things. Now you can do 9,000. So are you going to worry about the 1,000 things you can’t… Continue Reading »

Question Time with Jai (Spinal Cord Injury)

Jai’s life nearly ended after a dip in the ocean resulted in a high-level spinal injury. He explains how he’s carved out a great life for himself and why he has no use for pick-up lines.

Spinal Cord Injury Information

January 25, 2018 - Adaptive Automotive Equipment Options for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

This webinar will highlight a range of topics pertaining to adaptive automotive equipment for personal use and information for allied health care practitioners and other stakeholders in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions.

December 12, 2017 - Workforce of Ability – Ben Trockman – TEDxEvansville

While employers battle the “war for talent,” there exists a significant population of talented, problem-solving people, who have been largely excluded from the workforce. This population, people with disabilities, comprises 1 billion people worldwide; 56 million Americans, and represents the world’s largest minority.

October 10, 2017 - Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation releases new edition of Paralysis Resource Guide

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, is pleased to announce the release of its newly updated Paralysis Resource Guide (PRG) from the Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center (PRC). Since 2002, when the PRC was first established, the Foundation has distributed over 200,000… 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.