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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.
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

Specific cognitive deficits found in individuals with spinal cord injury

Specific cognitive deficits found in individuals with spinal cord injury

Microtube-embedded Chondroitinase ABC shows promise for treating spinal cord injuries

Microtube-embedded Chondroitinase ABC shows promise for treating spinal cord injuries

Therapeutic implications of caffeine in neuropsychiatric disorders

Therapeutic implications of caffeine in neuropsychiatric disorders

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