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.
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

Experts to present diverse advances in neuromodulation at INS congress

Experts to present diverse advances in neuromodulation at INS congress

Common neurological diseases pose serious annual financial burden for the U.S.

Common neurological diseases pose serious annual financial burden for the U.S.

Neuro-prosthesis helps man with complete paralysis to regain hand and arm movements, study shows

Neuro-prosthesis helps man with complete paralysis to regain hand and arm movements, study shows

Man with quadriplegia uses implanted technologies to restore arm and hand movements

Man with quadriplegia uses implanted technologies to restore arm and hand movements

Research helps elucidate mechanisms behind low-level laser therapy in treating neuropathic pain

Research helps elucidate mechanisms behind low-level laser therapy in treating neuropathic pain

Study shows safety of Schwann cell transplantation for treating subacute thoracic spinal cord injury

Study shows safety of Schwann cell transplantation for treating subacute thoracic spinal cord injury

Joint efforts may pave way for new, intelligent neuroprosthetics to treat paralysis

Joint efforts may pave way for new, intelligent neuroprosthetics to treat paralysis