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.
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

Boosting energy levels within damaged nerve fibers may promote axonal regeneration

Boosting energy levels within damaged nerve fibers may promote axonal regeneration

Increasing energy supply within injured spinal cord nerves could help them heal

Increasing energy supply within injured spinal cord nerves could help them heal

A protein critical for wound healing and neural repair following spinal cord injury identified

A protein critical for wound healing and neural repair following spinal cord injury identified

A simple online physical activity guideline for people with spinal cord injury

A simple online physical activity guideline for people with spinal cord injury

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