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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.
Genes involved in spinal cord repair of lamprey also present in mammals, study reveals

Genes involved in spinal cord repair of lamprey also present in mammals, study reveals

Lamprey genes provide clues to repair spinal cord damage, finds study

Lamprey genes provide clues to repair spinal cord damage, finds study

Researchers use novel PET tracer to assess myelin damage in mouse models of MS

Researchers use novel PET tracer to assess myelin damage in mouse models of MS

Experts highlight need to better address neurosexuality care for patients with neurodisabilities

Experts highlight need to better address neurosexuality care for patients with neurodisabilities

Portable technique produces rapid blink measurements for assessing neurological function

Portable technique produces rapid blink measurements for assessing neurological function

Muscle paralysis may promote breakdown of bones

Muscle paralysis may promote breakdown of bones

Clinician re-examines evidence on re-use of catheters and UTIs in people with spinal cord injuries

Clinician re-examines evidence on re-use of catheters and UTIs in people with spinal cord injuries

Study finds changes in the heart after spinal cord injury

Study finds changes in the heart after spinal cord injury

Kessler Foundation researcher wins NIDILRR subaward to improve outcomes in patients with SCI

Kessler Foundation researcher wins NIDILRR subaward to improve outcomes in patients with SCI

Selectively deleting stem cell factor promotes recovery after TBI in mice

Selectively deleting stem cell factor promotes recovery after TBI in mice

Stem cell treatment allows paraplegic rats to walk and regain sensory perception

Stem cell treatment allows paraplegic rats to walk and regain sensory perception

New implantable muscle stimulator aims to prevent pressure ulcers, deep tissue injuries

New implantable muscle stimulator aims to prevent pressure ulcers, deep tissue injuries

Study shows hemodynamic and metabolic changes up to 7 days after traumatic spinal cord injury

Study shows hemodynamic and metabolic changes up to 7 days after traumatic spinal cord injury

Phantom body pain can be reduced in paraplegics with help of virtual reality

Phantom body pain can be reduced in paraplegics with help of virtual reality

UBC researcher recommends exercise guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury

UBC researcher recommends exercise guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury

New cell therapy restores movement in people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries

New cell therapy restores movement in people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries

Research finds new therapeutic strategy to prevent infections in spinal cord injury patients

Research finds new therapeutic strategy to prevent infections in spinal cord injury patients

Research deepens understanding of interconnection between nervous and immune system

Research deepens understanding of interconnection between nervous and immune system

Electrical stimulation may help restore function in paralyzed patients

Electrical stimulation may help restore function in paralyzed patients

NSF grant to support development of brain-machine interface to restore walking in people with paraplegia

NSF grant to support development of brain-machine interface to restore walking in people with paraplegia