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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.
Mice study shows a promising therapy for spinal cord injuries

Mice study shows a promising therapy for spinal cord injuries

New approach shows promise for treating shoulder pain in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury

New approach shows promise for treating shoulder pain in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries in mice cause acquired bone marrow failure syndrome

Spinal cord injuries in mice cause acquired bone marrow failure syndrome

Using AI to pinpoint neurons involved in gait reacquisition

Using AI to pinpoint neurons involved in gait reacquisition

Updates on  stem cell therapeutics and regenerative medicine

Updates on stem cell therapeutics and regenerative medicine

New treatment discovered to reduce swelling after brain and spinal cord injuries

New treatment discovered to reduce swelling after brain and spinal cord injuries

Developing innovative radiation treatment for inoperable brain and spinal tumors

Developing innovative radiation treatment for inoperable brain and spinal tumors

Study finds Lin28 as promising therapeutic target for central nervous system injuries

Study finds Lin28 as promising therapeutic target for central nervous system injuries

UVA scientists seek answers to questions about spinal cord injuries

UVA scientists seek answers to questions about spinal cord injuries

Restoring the Sense of Touch

Restoring the Sense of Touch

Adults with spinal cord injury are at higher risk of developing mental health disorders

Adults with spinal cord injury are at higher risk of developing mental health disorders

Polycistronic delivery of IL-10 and NT-3 to enhance spinal cord injury repair

Polycistronic delivery of IL-10 and NT-3 to enhance spinal cord injury repair

Researchers find way to prevent spasticity after spinal cord injury in mice

Researchers find way to prevent spasticity after spinal cord injury in mice

Adult brain cells revert back to embryonic state after injury, study finds

Adult brain cells revert back to embryonic state after injury, study finds

Active support for stem cell research is key to alleviate incurable chronic diseases

Active support for stem cell research is key to alleviate incurable chronic diseases

Magnetic stimulation of rectal nerves could help treat fecal incontinence

Magnetic stimulation of rectal nerves could help treat fecal incontinence

Brain mapping shows motor regions for the hand may be connected to entire body

Brain mapping shows motor regions for the hand may be connected to entire body

New recommendations for evaluation of bladder and bowel dysfunction after spinal cord injury

New recommendations for evaluation of bladder and bowel dysfunction after spinal cord injury

Clinical trial evaluates effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation in patients with overactive bladder

Clinical trial evaluates effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation in patients with overactive bladder

Major grant expands regenerative rehabilitation research at Kessler Foundation

Major grant expands regenerative rehabilitation research at Kessler Foundation