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The Sand Rider

April 13, 2014 - Man’s idea for big wheels lets him hit the sand rolling

VIRGINIA BEACH Bill Fertig struggled with beach vacations for years. A motorcycle wreck 14 years ago left him a paraplegic. On a trip to Nags Head one summer, Fertig relied on a cumbersome wheelchair that even the strongest member of his family could barely push through the sand. Fertig stayed back at the house so… Continue Reading »

April 13, 2014 - Doctors use gaming to mend spinal injuries

NEW DELHI: The rehabilitation department of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre has introduced a new and engaging form of rehabilitation: video games. This new form of virtual reality therapy has helped patients become more motivated and engaged during rehabilitation. In a crowded rehab room, Vinod Kumar diligently stands on a balance board-a game console-and stares at… Continue Reading »

Light-Activated Neurons Restore Function

April 10, 2014 - Light-Activated Neurons May Restore Function to Paralyzed Muscles

LONDON, April 10, 2014 — Paralysis caused by a motor neuron disease or spinal cord injury understandably causes feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and despair. But there is optimism in a new technique that can artificially control paralyzed muscles using light. The technique, developed at University College London and King’s College London could potentially restore the… Continue Reading »

Wirbelsäule und Bandscheiben

April 9, 2014 - Spinal Cord Injury Improved After Gene Therapy

On April 2, The Journal of Neuroscience published a study on the use of a single administration of a gene-therapy targeting scar tissue at the site of a spinal cord injury in rats. The gene therapy helped nerve cells survive, and improved function of the affected hind limbs over the course of weeks, raising the… Continue Reading »

electrical stimulation to broken spinal cords

April 8, 2014 - Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: ‘This is a breakthrough’

(CNN) — At her research lab at the University of Louisville, neuroscientist Susan Harkema turned her back to her study subject to check a reading on a computer screen. “Hey Susie, look at this,” the patient called out to her. “I can move my toe!” Startled, Harkema spun around. The purpose of her study, which… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

The Upsee by Firefly

The Upsee by Firefly

Our products make lives better. Firefly is about special needs family participation, helping more children take part in special family moments. The Upsee is an upright standing mobility product to help special needs children learn the motion of walking… learn more about this fantastic product and check out our other promotional and animated videos on… Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic returns to ski slopes after decade

A decade after a ski accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, Kenny Salvini, 33, took to the slopes again this month. “Feels good. It was really smooth,” Salvini said in an interview with Seattle King 5 TV after the first run. “Snow feels good, just like I remembered it.” With the help of… 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

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 »

My-Last-Step-Backward

December 19, 2013 - BOOK: “My Last Step Backward”

Crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA 2012 and winner of the National Rehabilitation Champion award, Tasha Schuh continues to travel and share her story of resilience and triumph over her tragedy. “My Last Step Backward” is Schuh’s first book about her erudite journey as a quadriplegic, beginning with her pre-accident years as an adolescent to the details… 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..

Spinal Cord Picture

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.