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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.
Kessler Foundation scientists receive four grants to expand scope of research in spinal cord injury

Kessler Foundation scientists receive four grants to expand scope of research in spinal cord injury

Hydrogel releases nerve-protecting agent to restore breathing in animal models

Hydrogel releases nerve-protecting agent to restore breathing in animal models

Researchers transplant lab-grown neural cells in mice with spinal injuries to improve breathing

Researchers transplant lab-grown neural cells in mice with spinal injuries to improve breathing

Price check on drug ads: Would revealing costs help patients control spending?

Price check on drug ads: Would revealing costs help patients control spending?

Experimental drug shows potential to improve bladder function after spinal cord injury

Experimental drug shows potential to improve bladder function after spinal cord injury

Researchers reveal stimulatory effects of myelin on young neural cells

Researchers reveal stimulatory effects of myelin on young neural cells

Pfizer announces Phase 3 study results of LYRICA Oral Solution CV for pediatric epilepsy patients

Pfizer announces Phase 3 study results of LYRICA Oral Solution CV for pediatric epilepsy patients

Scientists successfully graft neural precursor cells into spinal cords of syngeneic pigs with no immunosuppression

Scientists successfully graft neural precursor cells into spinal cords of syngeneic pigs with no immunosuppression

First-of-its-kind event seeks to find solutions for challenges faced by wounded veterans

First-of-its-kind event seeks to find solutions for challenges faced by wounded veterans

Scientists make breakthrough in visualizing human brain tissue at microscopic level

Scientists make breakthrough in visualizing human brain tissue at microscopic level

Nonsurgical technique enables people with spinal cord injuries to regain use of hands

Nonsurgical technique enables people with spinal cord injuries to regain use of hands

Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells combined with fibrin matrix influences restoration of motor functions

Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells combined with fibrin matrix influences restoration of motor functions

Salamander study provides clues for treating spinal cord injuries

Salamander study provides clues for treating spinal cord injuries

Concussion recovery and symptom severity found to vary between men and women

Concussion recovery and symptom severity found to vary between men and women

Pitt engineer uses ultrasound technology to help people walk again

Pitt engineer uses ultrasound technology to help people walk again

New gene therapy may help the brain to heal following stroke and other injuries

New gene therapy may help the brain to heal following stroke and other injuries

Epidural stimulation can safely, effectively normalize blood pressure in patients with SCI

Epidural stimulation can safely, effectively normalize blood pressure in patients with SCI

Multi-center study to evaluate promising new intervention for upper limb dysfunction after SCI

Multi-center study to evaluate promising new intervention for upper limb dysfunction after SCI

Kessler Foundation scientist wins $400,000 grant to improve spinal cord injury outcomes

Kessler Foundation scientist wins $400,000 grant to improve spinal cord injury outcomes

Bowel care ranks top concern for individuals with spinal cord injury, study shows

Bowel care ranks top concern for individuals with spinal cord injury, study shows