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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

Charlie Parkhill

May 17, 2015 - Recovery a lifelong project for therapy center founder

Clinton Township — Charlie Parkhill talks with his hands. It’s remarkable, given that 17 years ago, an accident left him unable to move his body below his neck. Parkhill was a CPA with his own business when, in 1998, he went on vacation with his wife to Mexico. While he was coming out of the… Continue Reading »

InVivo Therapeutics

May 14, 2015 - First 2 spinal cord injury patients progress after InVivo’s Neuro-Spinal Scaffold — 5 key notes

The first two patients to receive InVivo’s Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for spinal cord injury are showing improvement three-to-six months after surgery. The first spinal cord injury patient was treated in October 2014 at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and the second was treated in January 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

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May 11, 2015 - India to participate in first clinical study trial to treat spinal cord injury using stem cells

By involving 18 patients, India will soon become a part of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, a collaborative study conducted in China, Norway and America, involving 240 patients for treating spinal cord injury in humans through stem-cells. India will be a part of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, for treating spinal cord injury in humans through stem-cells.… Continue Reading »

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May 11, 2015 - Maryville woman seeks awareness for Syringomyelia

If you’ve never heard of syringomyelia, you aren’t alone, but a Maryville woman suffering from the spinal cord disorder hopes to change that as she continues on an awareness campaign. Lisa Campbell has suffered from syringomyelia (SM) since a car wreck in 2006. It’s a disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord.… Continue Reading »

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May 11, 2015 - Spinal Cord Injured Patient Able to Breathe Again

Patient Undergoes Pioneering Procedures by Surgeons from The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction SHREWSBURY, N.J., May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In August 2012, Andrew Brown was on his way home from seeing his young son in the hospital for a surgical procedure when his life was forever changed. Brown was involved in an automobile accident, leaving him… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Michael Strahle

Quadriplegic sailing instructor defying odds of disability

WHISKEYTOWN LAKE, Calif. – Michael Strahle is a quadriplegic sailing instructor at Whiskeytown Lake but he isn’t letting his disability define him or stop him from doing what he loves.

Introducing HARMONY, an Advanced Rehabilitation Robot

Introducing HARMONY, an Advanced Rehabilitation Robot

Developed at the Cockrell School of Engineering, HARMONY is a first-of-its-kind, two-armed rehabilitation exoskeleton that is poised to revolutionize the field of rehabilitative robotics.

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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Answers to Questions on Exercise & Nutrition after SCI

The information contained on this page is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always ask your physician or other qualified health professional about any matter concerning your individual health. Always seek the advice of your physician prior to starting or changing any diet or exercise programs.

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Could Spinal Cord Repairs in Mice Lead to a Cure for Paralysis in Humans?

Spinal cord injuries are extremely tragic, often leading to irreversible paralysis. Many groups around the world are pursuing various treatment options. Some of these attempt to transplant new neurons to repair the damage, use drugs to boost natural healing, or use electronic means to bridge the gap. Currently it’s only in mice, but some researchers… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

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May 4, 2015 - Nervous System Function and Autonomic Dysreflexia

The nervous system controls movement, sensation, thinking and behavioral activities. It consists of various elements which comprise the whole complex working process. It is not segmented as individual working parts but rather a very complicated system that overlaps in layers of functions. Two anatomic components of the nervous system are the central and peripheral nervous… Continue Reading »

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April 21, 2015 - Living with a spinal cord injury for 50 years and counting!

I am a 50 year SCI ‘spinal cord injury’ survivor. I wrote this hoping it might encourage someone or help them get diagnosed. Life is pretty much what we make of it, change is constant in a body and this world, but we can cope with those changes. Stuff happens, we must cope with what… Continue Reading »

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April 21, 2015 - Post-Traumatic Syringomyelia

Syringomyelia is an uncommon but disabling complication of SCI. Although more than half of all people with SCI develop a cyst in the spinal cord at the injury site, only about 4% develop syringomyelia, in which the cyst fills with fluid and expands. This enlarged cyst, or syrinx, can damage the spinal cord and cause… 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.