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About Spinal Cord Injury

Published: July 13, 2017 | Category: Featured Information

Anna Hopson’s PowerPoint presentation and interactive online lesson about spinal cord injury. Anna covers everything related to spinal cord injuries in this 35 minute Microsoft Office Mix Presentation.

Common Myths about Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: April 12, 2017 | Category: Featured Information

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 advice.

With the many assumptions that have been made about those who have experienced spinal cord injuries, it is extremely important that these ideas aren’t interpreted as facts. Families who are now learning to cope with SCI already have a lot to consider and do not need these false claims guiding them down the wrong path. Continue Reading »

REACT: Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Published: April 9, 2017 | Category: Links

REACT’s Neuro-Restorative program is for those seeking a comprehensive recovery through customized, one-on-one neuromuscular training.

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‘Eliminate paralysis:’ Former Seahawk Lockette promotes spinal cord research in Olympia

Published: March 22, 2017 | Category: News

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A fierce hit during a 2015 game against the Dallas Cowboys knocked Seahawk Ricardo Lockette out of his football career, but helped him into becoming a top ambassador for spinal cord research. Continue Reading »

Makeshift Syrian rehab center offers hope to paralyzed

Published: March 16, 2017 | Category: News

DOUMA, Syria, March 15 (Reuters) – Ziad, a paralyzed 14-year-old boy, often stays alone in his room as bombs fall on Douma, the main rebel-stronghold in eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus.

Limited in scope, number and size, there are no nearby shelters equipped to receive Ziad who cannot be moved quickly or easily during airstrikes because of his spinal injuries.

“The shelters are not ready to accept people like me,” he said.

Until last year, treatment options were limited for spinal patients caught in a brutal civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced more than 11 million. Continue Reading »

Back-Up Trust

Published: January 22, 2017 | Category: Links

Back-Up Trust

We are here to inspire independence in anyone affected by spinal cord injury and to encourage everyone to get the most from their lives. We work with people of all ages, from young children to the elderly, whatever the motivation or background.

Back Up relies on a vital family of volunteers, mentors and skilled professionals, who provide unrivaled support and enthusiasm for our work and who help us deliver services that rebuild confidence and self-belief.

We help people realize their ambitions and overcome prejudice, creating the opportunity to transform lives. Continue Reading »

If other paralyzed primates walk, will humans?

Published: December 23, 2016 | Category: Answers

paralyzed primates walkIn the annals of breathtaking scientific advances, it’s hard to top this recent news headline: “Paralyzed Monkeys Can Walk Again With Wireless Brain-Spine Connection.”

This is legit? Yes. How so? Scientists implant a chip in a monkey’s brain that sends wireless signals through a computer to electrodes in the lower back. The system stimulates a neural pathway that controls the muscles involved in walking.

Voila, the paralyzed primate walks. Continue Reading »

Beach resort to cater for people with spinal cord injuries

Published: December 2, 2016 | Category: News

A new holiday centre will cater for people with disabilities and their families.

A world first facility has opened on Sydney’s northern beaches to support people living with spinal cord injuries.

The $22 million centre will help people with disabilities reconnect with everyday life.

The pristine resort has breath taking views and a very special clientele, only people with spinal cord injuries and their families can stay. Continue Reading »

Spinal Injuries Impact Gut Microbiome

Published: December 2, 2016 | Category: News

spinal-injuries-impact-gut-microbiomeThe gut microbiome undergoes changes after a patient suffers a spinal cord injury, according to a new study.

Researchers from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center used mice models of spinal cord injury in order to determine whether gut bacteria dysbiosis – or, functional interruption – affects the recovery of neurological function in patients after a traumatic spinal cord injury. The researchers wrote that this dysbiosis can both cause and exacerbate a number of diseases. The study authors studied changes in the mice’s microbiomes after their injuries for a month to predict the range of their locomotor impairment, they wrote. Continue Reading »

Surgery that restores hand and elbow function in quadriplegics is underused

Published: August 23, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

loyola-university-health-system-squarelogoMAYWOOD, IL – A surgery for quadriplegics called tendon transfer can significantly improve hand and elbow function, but the procedure is greatly underused, according to an article in the journal Hand Clinics by Loyola Medicine hand surgeon Michael S. Bednar, MD, FAAOS.

In the procedure, muscles that still work are redirected to do the jobs of muscles that are paralyzed. Depending on the extent of the spinal cord injury, tendon transfers can enable a patient to grasp objects, pinch, open the hand and straighten the elbow. The patient can, for example, propel a wheelchair in the snow, use a fork without splints, grip a fishing pole, shake hands and perform daily activities such as dressing, bathing, toileting and transferring to and from a wheelchair. Continue Reading »