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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.
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

UCI-led consortium receives $8 million from NSF to develop brain-computer interface

UCI-led consortium receives $8 million from NSF to develop brain-computer interface

New drug treatment linked to higher bladder compliance after spinal cord injury

New drug treatment linked to higher bladder compliance after spinal cord injury

Scientists directly convert skin cells from healthy adults into motor neurons

Scientists directly convert skin cells from healthy adults into motor neurons

Biodegradable nanoparticle injected after spinal cord injury limits damage

Biodegradable nanoparticle injected after spinal cord injury limits damage

ICP monitoring does not improve favorable outcome rate in patients with severe TBI, study shows

ICP monitoring does not improve favorable outcome rate in patients with severe TBI, study shows

Scientists develop new surgical method to reconnect sensory neurons with spinal cord after injury

Scientists develop new surgical method to reconnect sensory neurons with spinal cord after injury

Small-molecule drug improves brain performance in mouse model of Rett syndrome

Small-molecule drug improves brain performance in mouse model of Rett syndrome

Zebrafish study could hold clues to new therapies for people with spinal cord injuries

Zebrafish study could hold clues to new therapies for people with spinal cord injuries

Study provides evidence that cortical targets could enhance motor function after spinal cord injury

Study provides evidence that cortical targets could enhance motor function after spinal cord injury

Honda gives $1 million gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to enhance pediatric mobility

Honda gives $1 million gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to enhance pediatric mobility

Japanese scientists develop method to isolate anti-Alzheimer's compounds from plants

Japanese scientists develop method to isolate anti-Alzheimer's compounds from plants

Study finds that protocol of rTMS reduces spasticity in spinal cord injury patients

Study finds that protocol of rTMS reduces spasticity in spinal cord injury patients

Body cooling for wheelchair comfort

Body cooling for wheelchair comfort

Functional electrical stimulation helps MS and stroke patients to walk effectively

Functional electrical stimulation helps MS and stroke patients to walk effectively

New app offers support to clinicians on rehabilitation strategies for stroke patients

New app offers support to clinicians on rehabilitation strategies for stroke patients

Electrical stimulation on spinal cord and physical therapy help patient to move paralyzed legs

Electrical stimulation on spinal cord and physical therapy help patient to move paralyzed legs

Rubber-like fibers may help combat spinal cord injuries

Rubber-like fibers may help combat spinal cord injuries