Spinal Cord Injury News and Research

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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.
Spinal cord injury disrupts the body's internal clock, study shows

Spinal cord injury disrupts the body's internal clock, study shows

New CU Boulder study shows how spinal injury impacts circadian rhythms

New CU Boulder study shows how spinal injury impacts circadian rhythms

Scientists restore breathing, forelimb function in animal models of chronic spinal cord injury

Scientists restore breathing, forelimb function in animal models of chronic spinal cord injury

Scientists identify novel target for neuron regeneration, functional recovery in spinal cord injury

Scientists identify novel target for neuron regeneration, functional recovery in spinal cord injury

Immune cells of zebrafish offer clues to develop therapies for spinal cord injuries

Immune cells of zebrafish offer clues to develop therapies for spinal cord injuries

Scientists create tiny, biodegradable scaffold to transplant stem cells and deliver drugs

Scientists create tiny, biodegradable scaffold to transplant stem cells and deliver drugs

New encyclopedia for adult and pediatric neuropsychological disorders

New encyclopedia for adult and pediatric neuropsychological disorders

Spinal electrical implants helps three paralyzed men walk

Spinal electrical implants helps three paralyzed men walk

Physician-scientists treat first patient in the U.S. with focused ultrasound for neuropathic leg pain

Physician-scientists treat first patient in the U.S. with focused ultrasound for neuropathic leg pain

Loyola launches research program to study new treatment for stroke, spinal cord injury

Loyola launches research program to study new treatment for stroke, spinal cord injury

Gene signature can predict functional recovery after spinal cord injury

Gene signature can predict functional recovery after spinal cord injury

Researchers discover how nerve cells control movement

Researchers discover how nerve cells control movement

New, more efficient method for generating brain stem cells in the lab

New, more efficient method for generating brain stem cells in the lab

Bioaxone Biosciences receives Fast-Track SBIR grant to assess potential of Rho Kinase 2 inhibitor

Bioaxone Biosciences receives Fast-Track SBIR grant to assess potential of Rho Kinase 2 inhibitor

Medtronic announces U.S. launch of Infinity OCT System

Medtronic announces U.S. launch of Infinity OCT System

Hope for paraplegics in the horizon

Hope for paraplegics in the horizon

Patients with paralysis manage to walk thanks to new technology

Patients with paralysis manage to walk thanks to new technology

Paralyzed man regains his ability to stand, walk with spinal cord stimulation and physical therapy

Paralyzed man regains his ability to stand, walk with spinal cord stimulation and physical therapy

Common painkiller not effective in controlling chronic pain after traumatic nerve injury

Common painkiller not effective in controlling chronic pain after traumatic nerve injury

Epidural stimulation and locomotor training helps patients with spinal cord injury to walk

Epidural stimulation and locomotor training helps patients with spinal cord injury to walk