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A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Most injuries to the spinal cord don't completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy the axons, extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.
Study shows safety of Schwann cell transplantation for treating subacute thoracic spinal cord injury

Study shows safety of Schwann cell transplantation for treating subacute thoracic spinal cord injury

Joint efforts may pave way for new, intelligent neuroprosthetics to treat paralysis

Joint efforts may pave way for new, intelligent neuroprosthetics to treat paralysis

Researcher shows how natural molecule can promote axon repair

Researcher shows how natural molecule can promote axon repair

Brain cells work together in harmony to store and retrieve short-term memory, research finds

Brain cells work together in harmony to store and retrieve short-term memory, research finds

Researchers discover CTE in deceased patient's brain with no known history of head trauma

Researchers discover CTE in deceased patient's brain with no known history of head trauma

New report highlights serious health problems faced by spinal cord injury patients

New report highlights serious health problems faced by spinal cord injury patients

Study highlights need for increased vigilance when using GFAP, UCH-L-1 as potential biomarkers of mTBI

Study highlights need for increased vigilance when using GFAP, UCH-L-1 as potential biomarkers of mTBI

Study provides insights into functions of astrocytes following brain injury or disease

Study provides insights into functions of astrocytes following brain injury or disease

Brain-computer interface could revolutionize lives of people with completely locked-in syndrome

Brain-computer interface could revolutionize lives of people with completely locked-in syndrome

New therapy to treat spinal cord injuries shows improvements in motor function

New therapy to treat spinal cord injuries shows improvements in motor function

New study from Veterans Health Administration finds significant decline in MRSA HAI rates

New study from Veterans Health Administration finds significant decline in MRSA HAI rates

Study shows new role of zinc in optic nerve injury

Study shows new role of zinc in optic nerve injury

Kessler Foundation researcher receives grant to identify treatments for cognitive deficits in people with SCI

Kessler Foundation researcher receives grant to identify treatments for cognitive deficits in people with SCI

Researchers discover powerful immune cell in the brain that may play key role in neurological diseases

Researchers discover powerful immune cell in the brain that may play key role in neurological diseases

Research finds promising therapeutic target for recovery of ejaculation in men after spinal cord injury

Research finds promising therapeutic target for recovery of ejaculation in men after spinal cord injury

Symptom trends may help predict recovery of patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome

Symptom trends may help predict recovery of patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome

Research identifies presence of neuron-producing stem cells in meninges

Research identifies presence of neuron-producing stem cells in meninges

Research shows how paralyzed limbs can be controlled via implanted electrodes

Research shows how paralyzed limbs can be controlled via implanted electrodes

FASEB announces winners of 2016 BioArt competition

FASEB announces winners of 2016 BioArt competition

Spinal cord rehabilitation and repair: an interview with Quentin Barraud

Spinal cord rehabilitation and repair: an interview with Quentin Barraud