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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 identifies ventral spinocerebellar tract neurons that control locomotion

Mice study identifies ventral spinocerebellar tract neurons that control locomotion

Drugs that block mineralocorticoid receptor may help protect bone cells during aging

Drugs that block mineralocorticoid receptor may help protect bone cells during aging

‘Moving molecule’ therapy for severe spinal cord injury

‘Moving molecule’ therapy for severe spinal cord injury

Tighter blood pressure management may lead to better spinal cord injury recovery

Tighter blood pressure management may lead to better spinal cord injury recovery

Special bioactive scaffolds lead to greater functional recovery from spinal cord injury in mice

Special bioactive scaffolds lead to greater functional recovery from spinal cord injury in mice

New therapy harnesses "dancing molecules" to reverse paralysis, repair tissue after spinal cord injuries

New therapy harnesses "dancing molecules" to reverse paralysis, repair tissue after spinal cord injuries

Exercises using virtual reality to relieve COVID breathlessness

Exercises using virtual reality to relieve COVID breathlessness

FDA-approved drug encourages sensory neurons to regrow after injury

FDA-approved drug encourages sensory neurons to regrow after injury

Stringent lineage tracing is vital for nerve cell regeneration studies

Stringent lineage tracing is vital for nerve cell regeneration studies

Study shows resilience as a character trait to overcome spinal cord injuries

Study shows resilience as a character trait to overcome spinal cord injuries

Small molecule drug can attenuate the triggers of neuroinflammation, preclinical study shows

Small molecule drug can attenuate the triggers of neuroinflammation, preclinical study shows

FB-EVAR is safe and effective for treatment of aortic aneurysms, study shows

FB-EVAR is safe and effective for treatment of aortic aneurysms, study shows

Study assesses the use of complementary and integrative healthcare by people with spinal cord injury

Study assesses the use of complementary and integrative healthcare by people with spinal cord injury

Scientists restore memory in aging mice

Scientists restore memory in aging mice

Researchers identify reasons that prevent people with disabilities from seeking employment

Researchers identify reasons that prevent people with disabilities from seeking employment

New treatment targeting senescent cells boosts functional recovery from spinal cord injury

New treatment targeting senescent cells boosts functional recovery from spinal cord injury

Many wheelchair users with spinal cord injury experience repairs and adverse consequences

Many wheelchair users with spinal cord injury experience repairs and adverse consequences

Exoskeleton-assisted walking helps people with spinal cord injury evacuate stool more efficiently

Exoskeleton-assisted walking helps people with spinal cord injury evacuate stool more efficiently

New printable device could restore sight to blind people

New printable device could restore sight to blind people

Four-part small-molecule cocktail can prevent cellular stress

Four-part small-molecule cocktail can prevent cellular stress