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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.
New intervention shows promise for relief of shoulder pain in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury

New intervention shows promise for relief of shoulder pain in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury

Trump administration cracks down on fetal tissue research

Trump administration cracks down on fetal tissue research

Kessler Foundation receives $1 million gift to study groundbreaking treatments for spinal cord injury

Kessler Foundation receives $1 million gift to study groundbreaking treatments for spinal cord injury

Study uncovers pigment cells that change their identity during normal development

Study uncovers pigment cells that change their identity during normal development

Dyson-Hudson receives grant to study effectiveness of new treatment for shoulder pain

Dyson-Hudson receives grant to study effectiveness of new treatment for shoulder pain

Inhibition of CRMP2 phosphorylation promotes axonal regeneration after optic nerve injury

Inhibition of CRMP2 phosphorylation promotes axonal regeneration after optic nerve injury

Non-invasive brain-machine interface helps chronic paraplegics to regain their walking ability

Non-invasive brain-machine interface helps chronic paraplegics to regain their walking ability

SLU researchers reveal how to turn off neuropathic pain in a laboratory setting

SLU researchers reveal how to turn off neuropathic pain in a laboratory setting

Researchers annotate key neuronal proteins in lamprey genome

Researchers annotate key neuronal proteins in lamprey genome

Active lifestyle shown to repair spinal cord injuries

Active lifestyle shown to repair spinal cord injuries

Active lifestyle influences regenerative capacity of neurons after spinal cord injury

Active lifestyle influences regenerative capacity of neurons after spinal cord injury

Active lifestyles may help damaged nerves to regenerate after spinal cord injury

Active lifestyles may help damaged nerves to regenerate after spinal cord injury

Specific type of neuronal feedback plays key role in early recovery of spinal cord injury

Specific type of neuronal feedback plays key role in early recovery of spinal cord injury

First-of-its-kind human trial of new brain reading device to help speech and movement

First-of-its-kind human trial of new brain reading device to help speech and movement

Purdue engineers develop tiny glutamate sensors for spinal cord injuries

Purdue engineers develop tiny glutamate sensors for spinal cord injuries

NIH and partners host meeting to discuss the future of spinal cord injury research

NIH and partners host meeting to discuss the future of spinal cord injury research

Spinal cord stimulation can restore voluntary movement and autonomic functions in paralyzed patients

Spinal cord stimulation can restore voluntary movement and autonomic functions in paralyzed patients

Researcher identifies putative mechanism that leads to degeneration of axons in multiple sclerosis

Researcher identifies putative mechanism that leads to degeneration of axons in multiple sclerosis

FSU study provides better understanding of spinal cord injuries

FSU study provides better understanding of spinal cord injuries

New implant could restore the transmission of electrical signals in injured central nervous system

New implant could restore the transmission of electrical signals in injured central nervous system