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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.
Increasing the number of small blood vessels may be helpful for recovering movement

Increasing the number of small blood vessels may be helpful for recovering movement

Age-linked cognitive decline could be slowed by immune activation

Age-linked cognitive decline could be slowed by immune activation

Regulating neuronal lipid metabolism helps axon regeneration after injury, study finds

Regulating neuronal lipid metabolism helps axon regeneration after injury, study finds

Researchers uncover locomotor engine in the spinal cord

Researchers uncover locomotor engine in the spinal cord

Injecting nanoparticles into the bloodstream to reduce brain swelling after traumatic brain injury

Injecting nanoparticles into the bloodstream to reduce brain swelling after traumatic brain injury

A molecular switch for repairing damage in central nervous system disorders discovered

A molecular switch for repairing damage in central nervous system disorders discovered

Swiftable announces Jabberwocky accessibility app for users with ALS or spinal cord injury

Swiftable announces Jabberwocky accessibility app for users with ALS or spinal cord injury

Mohamad Khazaei receives SCTM’s Young Investigator Award

Mohamad Khazaei receives SCTM’s Young Investigator Award

Kessler Foundation researcher to develop novel system for monitoring neuromuscular responses

Kessler Foundation researcher to develop novel system for monitoring neuromuscular responses

IU researchers identify potential target to improve functional recovery after spinal cord injury

IU researchers identify potential target to improve functional recovery after spinal cord injury

Modified stroke drug boosts injury repair in rats with spinal cord damage

Modified stroke drug boosts injury repair in rats with spinal cord damage

Stroke drug improves stem cell therapy in rat spinal cord injury models

Stroke drug improves stem cell therapy in rat spinal cord injury models

New line of wearable robotics could keep seniors on their feet longer

New line of wearable robotics could keep seniors on their feet longer

New Swiss initiative aims to widen access to groundbreaking neurotechnology

New Swiss initiative aims to widen access to groundbreaking neurotechnology

Gabapentin – a drug for nerve pain could help patients with spinal injury finds study

Gabapentin – a drug for nerve pain could help patients with spinal injury finds study

Common drug for nerve pain could help restore upper limb function after spinal cord injury

Common drug for nerve pain could help restore upper limb function after spinal cord injury

Scientists develop artificial neurons on silicon chips

Scientists develop artificial neurons on silicon chips

Researchers create artificial tactile perception in monkeys through direct brain stimulation

Researchers create artificial tactile perception in monkeys through direct brain stimulation

Stem cell therapy shows promise for the first time in spinal cord injury

Stem cell therapy shows promise for the first time in spinal cord injury

Patients' own stem cells offer a step toward improving motor, sensory function after spinal cord injury

Patients' own stem cells offer a step toward improving motor, sensory function after spinal cord injury