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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 »

Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury

March 8, 2018 - Early microstructural changes can help predict long-term recovery from spinal cord injury

A trauma to the spinal cord, quickly leads to a progressive loss of nerve tissue. This not only affects the injured area, but over time affects also other parts of the spinal cord and even the brain. These neurodegenerative changes can be explored in detail using magnetic resonance imaging. An international team of researchers headed… Continue Reading »

March 1, 2018 - Promising therapeutic approach for spinal cord injuries

The healing ability of the central nervous system is very limited and injuries to the brain or spinal cord often result in permanent functional deficits. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet report in the scientific journal Cell that they have found an important mechanism that explains why this happens. Using this new knowledge, they were able to improve… Continue Reading »

Steve Emt Wheelchair Curling

February 26, 2018 - Once a College Basketball Player, Paralyzed Athlete Now Curls

Steve Emt was rolling himself up a hill to a pie shop in Falmouth, Massachusetts, when the coach of a wheelchair curling team noticed the former UConn basketball player. The shop’s name was Pie in the Sky. An interesting coincidence, Emt thought, when Tony Colacchio approached him and suggested that within a year he could… Continue Reading »

Dinesh Palipana

February 26, 2018 - ‘I might be quadriplegic, but I’m your doctor’

When medical student Dinesh Palipana suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash, he was told his dream of becoming a doctor was over. Now he’s Queensland’s first quadriplegic doctor, working at one of the state’s busiest hospitals. Dr Palipana tells his story in his own words. I didn’t grow up wanting to be… 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


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.