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March 19, 2018 - Paraplegic rats walk again after therapy, now we know why

With the help of robot-assisted rehabilitation and electrochemical spinal cord stimulation, rats with clinically relevant spinal cord injuries regained control of their otherwise paralyzed limbs. But how do brain commands for walking, swimming and stair-climbing bypass the injury and still reach the spinal cord to execute these complex tasks? EPFL scientists have observed for the… Continue Reading »

March 15, 2018 - ‘Horseracing accident left me paralysed, but wheelchair basketball’s changed my life…’

TEN years after a devastating horse racing injury left a him paralysed from the chest down, former jockey Wayne Burton revealed how discovering wheelchair basketball has transformed his life. Mr Burton was just 24 when he was involved in a horse jumping accident at Exeter racecourse in 2008. Having left Pewsey Vale School in 1999… Continue Reading »

March 15, 2018 - Multi-site Study Explores New Approach to Upper Limb Dysfunction After Spinal Cord Injury

A five-year grant from National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research funds multi-site study of intermittent hypoxia in spinal cord injury East Hanover, NJ – Kessler Foundation has been awarded an $857,600 sub-award from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research… Continue Reading »

March 9, 2018 - Brain-controlled robot helps people learn to walk again

A new robotic treatment device helping people with spinal cord injuries learn to walk again can only be found in one place in the United States; Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville.

March 8, 2018 - Andy’s loving life in the fast lane

Houghton doesn’t let life-changing injury stop him racing THE word determination is used a lot in sport – and for Andy Houghton it’s one of many words that could be used to best describe him and his sporting career. Many people grow up dreaming of achieving success in sport and for Houghton it was no… 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.

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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.

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March 6, 2018 - LifeWaters: Disabled scuba diving non-profit improves lives

“I never realized how majestic it would be. Scuba diving is magical.” ST. LOUIS – For scuba divers like Jessi and Jamie Hatfield, taking the plunge beneath the waves is a gift. “I never realized how majestic it would be. Scuba diving is magical,” said Jessi Hatfield, who convinced her husband to give diving a… Continue Reading »

March 2, 2018 - Wheelchair curling at the 2018 Winter Paralympics: All you need to know

Wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut in Torino in 2006. Teams are comprised of male and female athletes who have a physical impairment in the lower half of their body. This can include spinal-cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and double-leg amputation. The team has four players: Lead, second, third and skip, plus an alternate… Continue Reading »

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.

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.