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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 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

Frailty: An important predictor of worse outcome after traumatic spinal cord injury

Frailty: An important predictor of worse outcome after traumatic spinal cord injury

Kessler Foundation to study use of minimally invasive treatment for meniscal tears

Kessler Foundation to study use of minimally invasive treatment for meniscal tears

Woman with severe spinal cord injury recovers after treatment at Danbury Hospital

Woman with severe spinal cord injury recovers after treatment at Danbury Hospital

Study offers significant contribution for recovery of motor functions

Study offers significant contribution for recovery of motor functions

Improved biosensor technology may lead to safe stem cell therapies for treating neurological disorders

Improved biosensor technology may lead to safe stem cell therapies for treating neurological disorders

A rare diagnosis leads to successful treatment for patient with unusual vascular condition

A rare diagnosis leads to successful treatment for patient with unusual vascular condition

Disturbed breathing during sleep may increase stroke risk in people with spinal cord injury

Disturbed breathing during sleep may increase stroke risk in people with spinal cord injury

Polymerized estrogen can protect nervous system cells and promote regeneration

Polymerized estrogen can protect nervous system cells and promote regeneration

Researchers study the experiences of veterans who have suffered spinal cord injuries

Researchers study the experiences of veterans who have suffered spinal cord injuries

World Report on Vision highlights urgent need for sustainable global outreach efforts

World Report on Vision highlights urgent need for sustainable global outreach efforts

New $6.3 million DARPA grant to help researchers develop "intelligent spinal interface"

New $6.3 million DARPA grant to help researchers develop "intelligent spinal interface"

Scientists find a link between brain’s emotion circuit and movement

Scientists find a link between brain’s emotion circuit and movement

Kazan Federal University and Mayo Clinic implement novel spinal cord stimulation device

Kazan Federal University and Mayo Clinic implement novel spinal cord stimulation device