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Bruce Cook

May 28, 2014 - Motocross Star, Bruce Cook, Works Toward Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury

Life in the fast lane is just that – fast. For motocross enthusiast, Bruce Cook, things happened all too quickly. In an attempt to complete the first-ever double front-flip before a live audience; Cook, 26 stunned a packed house on the opening night of the 2014 Nitro Circus tour in Hamilton, Ontario. What should have… Continue Reading »

Rosemarie Rossetti

May 28, 2014 - Living ‘an Active Life with Inactive Feet’ After Spinal Cord Injury

A cautioning inspirational quote—Expect Nothing. Be ready for anything.—might be wise words to live by, but with a spinal cord injury, nothing like it is even on your radar screen, and it’s virtually impossible to be ready for it. In our exclusive interview with speaker, writer, publisher, and businesswoman Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti, she describes how… Continue Reading »

Sam Schmidt Speaks About Death Of Indy Champion Dan Wheldon

May 22, 2014 - IndyCar’s Sam Schmidt set to unveil SCI Challenge in bid to cure paralysis

In 2000, Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt sustained a severe spinal cord injury in a testing crash at Walt Disney World Speedway and became a quadriplegic. But he has soldiered on as both a winning INDYCAR team owner and as a champion for paralysis research and treatment through the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. By… Continue Reading »

Rick Hansen

May 21, 2014 - Rick Hansen: We can all be difference-makers in the world

Thursday, May 22, celebrates the 27th anniversary of the end of the original Man In Motion World Tour. Here, Rick Hansen reminisces on the day that changed his life and the challenges still faced by the physically disabled. My life changed forever as a teenager when I was thrown from a pickup truck. I was… Continue Reading »

transfer energy to medical chips

May 19, 2014 - Stanford engineer invents safe way to transfer energy to medical chips in the body

A wireless system developed by Assistant Professor Ada Poon uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice. The technology paves the way for new “electroceutical” devices to treat illness or alleviate pain. A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

transfer energy to medical chips

Stanford engineer invents safe way to transfer energy to medical chips in the body

A wireless system developed by Assistant Professor Ada Poon uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice. The technology paves the way for new “electroceutical” devices to treat illness or alleviate pain. A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly… Continue Reading »

Jesse Billauer – Spinal Cord Injury Survivor and Optimistic Surfer

Jesse Billauer – Spinal Cord Injury Survivor and Optimistic Surfer

Jesse Billauer, a spinal cord injury survivor, describes how he stays positive and leads a happy life by not dwelling on what he can’t do, but by focusing on what he can do. The Wings for Life World Run Running for those who can’t The Wings for Life World Run is an entirely new type… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

how neurons control fine motor behavior

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

No Diving

May 23, 2014 - HEALTH LINE: No Diving Into Lakes, Rivers and Oceans

Experts Advise Against Diving Into Natural Bodies of Water What lurks beneath the water? It sounds like a horror story title, and it certainly can be when a spinal cord injury results from diving into natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and oceans, where visibility is low and rock and debris can be… Continue Reading »

SpinalMap-ebook

March 19, 2014 - SpinalMap eBook

SpinalMap: An Essential Read for Partners, Friends, Colleagues and Care Givers of SCI patients. SpinalMap, has been described by a rehab professional as an “essential read” for both recently injured people as well as family, friends and associates of people who have suffered spinal cord injury. For close friends and relatives, SpinalMap provides insight and… Continue Reading »

Dr. Paul Smolen

January 10, 2014 - Spinal Cord Injuries in Young People

Spinal cord injuries often involve young people but few teens and college students understand the potentially life threatening risks that come with playing many popular sports. Unfortunately, with their youth often comes a feeling of invulnerability, and the belief that they are impervious to injury. It’s all part of being young, but all it only… 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.