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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

Caleb McLelland at age 3, all smiles as he gets ready to scoop up some Halloween candy in his sweet ride.

October 25, 2014 - Amazing wheelchair costumes will make you smile

On Halloweens past, 9-year-old Caleb McLelland has driven a backhoe with bright yellow wheels, flown through the clouds as Superman and sped into action in his Batmobile. He made all of those transformations in attention-grabbing costumes that incorporated his wheelchair. “His chair is very much a part of him,” Cassie McLelland says of her son,… Continue Reading »

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October 24, 2014 - Wheelchair no handicap for Mets fan calendar model Amanda Perla

Twenty-five-year-old Perla, who broke her neck in a car accident seven years ago, was the top vote getter among the 100 or so entries to appear in ‘The 7 Line’ calendar,’ an annual promotional pinup featuring attractive young women wearing Mets-inpired clothing. Amanda Perla thought for sure her wheelchair would be an issue. Sure, she… Continue Reading »

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October 23, 2014 - Paralysed patients have weaker bones than expected

People paralysed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a study* published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. The findings suggest that therapies to maintain bone mass and strength in… Continue Reading »

Sarah-Jane Staszak

October 22, 2014 - A brave mother’s battle to walk again after she awoke from back surgery as a quadriplegic… and dreams of holding her son again

Panic instantly set in when Sarah-Jane Staszak woke up in her hospital bed and found she couldn’t move. The 40-year-old mother from Blackheath in Sydney’s Blue Mountains had gone to the Royal North Shore Hospital in November last year to relieve the pressure from a herniated disc in her back that left her with intense… Continue Reading »

Darek Fidyka

October 21, 2014 - Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of ‘cure’ for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells Millions of paralysis sufferers are today offered the possibility of a cure for the first time after a new technique pioneered by British doctors allowed a man with a severed spinal cord to recover the ability to walk.… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

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Paraplegic groom walks down aisle thanks to robotic exoskeleton

Matt Ficarra was paralyzed from the chest down in a freak boating accident in 2011, but he didn’t let that prevent him from walking down the aisle on Saturday night… literally. The 30-year-old used a robotic exoskeleton to accomplish the miraculous feat. Ficarra walked into the ballroom to await his bride in Syracuse, New York… Continue Reading »

Brandon Stone skydives

Paralyzed man Brandon Stone skydives for charity

“I feel like I’m on death row,” Brandon Stone said, only half-jokingly, on Saturday morning. Stone, 33, was about two hours from his first skydive. The Broken Arrow resident was at Skiatook Municipal Airport, getting ready to jump from 10,000 feet, a stunt he was completing to help raise money for the Christopher & Dana… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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How neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm

Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As the research group led by Professor Silvia Arber at the Basel University Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions not only towards the musculature, but at… Continue Reading »

Will stem cell therapy help cure spinal cord injury?

A systematic survey of the scientific literature shows that stem cell therapy can have a statistically significant impact on animal models of spinal cord injury, and points the way for future studies. Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road traffic or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences, and… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

Spina Bifida Association 2014

October 5, 2014 - Learn about Spina Bifida

October is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the most common permanently disabling birth defect while celebrating the lives of the more than 166,000 Americans affected. One out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States is born with spina bifida. As the mother of a fun, intelligent, loving… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Lecture

September 26, 2014 - Spinal Cord Lecture

Spinal Cord Lecture by Samuel Hirt. Information about spinal cord anatomy, Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System.

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September 21, 2014 - Bladder Programs After a Spinal Cord Injury

Nerve damage to the bladder is a common side effects of having a spinal cord injury, other injury, surgical procedures, and several disease processes. Having a consistent bladder program reduces accidents, infections, and the risk of autonomic hyperreflexia. Neurogenic Bladder A neurogenic bladder is one that takes voluntarily control of holding or emptying urine away… 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.