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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.
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

Topical drug regenerates, restores function of erectile nerves damaged by radical prostatectomy

Topical drug regenerates, restores function of erectile nerves damaged by radical prostatectomy

Rice University, Houston Methodist launch collaboration to solve clinical problems with neurorobotics

Rice University, Houston Methodist launch collaboration to solve clinical problems with neurorobotics

Introducing a neuro regenerative gene into mice with spinal cord injury improves motor function

Introducing a neuro regenerative gene into mice with spinal cord injury improves motor function

FDA approves new indication for drug to treat pediatric NDO patients

FDA approves new indication for drug to treat pediatric NDO patients

Researchers use layered double hydroxide to increase neuronal growth in mice with spinal cord injuries

Researchers use layered double hydroxide to increase neuronal growth in mice with spinal cord injuries

Non-invasive scTS improves handgrip strength, motor control in people with complete tetraplegia

Non-invasive scTS improves handgrip strength, motor control in people with complete tetraplegia

Novel form of polymerized estrogen could provide neuroprotection

Novel form of polymerized estrogen could provide neuroprotection

Researchers identify several factors that prevent use of sEMG in clinical neurorehabilitation

Researchers identify several factors that prevent use of sEMG in clinical neurorehabilitation

UofL and Medtronic collaborate to develop epidural stimulation software for spinal cord injury

UofL and Medtronic collaborate to develop epidural stimulation software for spinal cord injury

Injectable scaffolding materials facilitate rapid healing after spinal cord injuries

Injectable scaffolding materials facilitate rapid healing after spinal cord injuries

Researchers reprogram glial cells into new neurons to heal spinal cord injury

Researchers reprogram glial cells into new neurons to heal spinal cord injury

Researchers create new nerve cells, spur recovery after spinal cord injury

Researchers create new nerve cells, spur recovery after spinal cord injury

New platform can help treat neurodegenerative diseases through regenerative medicine

New platform can help treat neurodegenerative diseases through regenerative medicine