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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 platform can help treat neurodegenerative diseases through regenerative medicine

New platform can help treat neurodegenerative diseases through regenerative medicine

Kessler team receives funding to study factors leading to osteoarthritis after knee injury

Kessler team receives funding to study factors leading to osteoarthritis after knee injury

Understanding the dynamics of brain blood flow could hold key for treating neurologic conditions

Understanding the dynamics of brain blood flow could hold key for treating neurologic conditions

Biomedical engineer receives NASA grant to find ways to keep astronauts' bones strong in space

Biomedical engineer receives NASA grant to find ways to keep astronauts' bones strong in space

Study offers a new way to treat children with bow hunter syndrome

Study offers a new way to treat children with bow hunter syndrome

Kessler Foundation scientists receive three grants for spinal cord injury research

Kessler Foundation scientists receive three grants for spinal cord injury research

New treatment can improve the lives of patients with spinal cord injury

New treatment can improve the lives of patients with spinal cord injury

New therapeutic approach enables functional recovery after spinal cord injury in mice

New therapeutic approach enables functional recovery after spinal cord injury in mice

Researchers to study potential treatment for limb dysfunction in patients with chronic spinal cord injury

Researchers to study potential treatment for limb dysfunction in patients with chronic spinal cord injury

Stimulation method helps some people with spinal cord injury to regain hand and arm mobility

Stimulation method helps some people with spinal cord injury to regain hand and arm mobility

Study examines neural mechanisms of specific cognitive tasks of individuals with spinal cord injury

Study examines neural mechanisms of specific cognitive tasks of individuals with spinal cord injury

First patient enrolled in Phase II clinical trial of stem cell therapy for traumatic injuries

First patient enrolled in Phase II clinical trial of stem cell therapy for traumatic injuries

Study reveals innovative gene therapy approach to regenerate functional new neurons

Study reveals innovative gene therapy approach to regenerate functional new neurons

FEFU scientists suggest reconsidering existing treatment protocol for severe spinal cord trauma

FEFU scientists suggest reconsidering existing treatment protocol for severe spinal cord trauma

Kessler Foundation receives COVID-19 crisis funding to support spinal cord injury community

Kessler Foundation receives COVID-19 crisis funding to support spinal cord injury community

Studies examine rates of blindness and vision impairment worldwide

Studies examine rates of blindness and vision impairment worldwide

New drug lures stem cells to damaged tissue, improves treatment efficacy

New drug lures stem cells to damaged tissue, improves treatment efficacy

Individuals with spinal cord injury show improvements in mobility with exoskeleton-assisted walking

Individuals with spinal cord injury show improvements in mobility with exoskeleton-assisted walking

UT research enables intuitive human control of wearable robots to improve mobility of paretic patients

UT research enables intuitive human control of wearable robots to improve mobility of paretic patients

Robotic Trunk Support Trainer helps children with cerebral palsy to sit more stably

Robotic Trunk Support Trainer helps children with cerebral palsy to sit more stably