Spinal Cord Injury

How Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Focuses on Regaining Independence

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) occur when there is damage to the vertebrae ligaments and discs, affecting a persons’ ability to control their limbs. Depending on the severity of a spinal cord injury, rehabilitation will be very different. For example, someone with tetraplegia will have no control over all limbs, and may require an assisted breathing … Continue reading

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Is Paralysis Curable?

Spinal cord injury diagnoses are often discouraging. An injured spinal cord can cause paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia. They can also be extremely costly to treat. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a spinal cord injury victim may pay up to $30,000 a year and more than $3 million over the course of … Continue reading

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Could Stem Cells Help Victims of Spinal Cord Injury Recover?

Scientists in a recent study saw dramatic results when they grafted skin cells from a healthy 86-year-old man onto spinal cord injuries (SCI) in rats. The cells produced thousands of axons (nerve fibers) throughout the central nervous system. Researchers converted skin cells into human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). Those iPSCs were then reprogrammed to become … Continue reading

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Does It Matter Where I Receive Treatment for My Spinal Cord Injury?

Damage to the spinal cord or surrounding nerve endings can permanently affect strength and sensation throughout your entire body. Severe injuries can cause crippling pain and permanently affect your mobility. Recovering from a spinal cord injury (SCI) can require extended treatment in an intensive care unit, followed by physical rehabilitation. Physical and occupational therapists work … Continue reading

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