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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 clues for nerve cell repair

New clues for nerve cell repair

Regenerative medicine offers hope in spinal cord injury

Regenerative medicine offers hope in spinal cord injury

Geron Corporation awarded UK grant funding for human embryonic stem cell research

Geron Corporation awarded UK grant funding for human embryonic stem cell research

Effectiveness of decompression surgery in patients with cervical spinal cord injuries

Effectiveness of decompression surgery in patients with cervical spinal cord injuries

Young macho men with serious injuries often abuse alcohol

Young macho men with serious injuries often abuse alcohol

New nano-engineered gel inhibits for spinal cord injury

New nano-engineered gel inhibits for spinal cord injury

Cell therapies for diabetes, cancer

Cell therapies for diabetes, cancer

Is deep-vein thrombosis lurking in your legs?

Is deep-vein thrombosis lurking in your legs?

Researchers engineer first system of human nerve-cell tissue

Researchers engineer first system of human nerve-cell tissue

Spinal cord injury may not increase risk of heart disease

Spinal cord injury may not increase risk of heart disease

Wireless devices increasingly helping people with disabilities

Wireless devices increasingly helping people with disabilities

Scientists shed light on long-distance signaling in developing neurons

Scientists shed light on long-distance signaling in developing neurons

New key finding in neurodevelopment

New key finding in neurodevelopment

Nano scaffold to rebuild nerve damage

Nano scaffold to rebuild nerve damage

A look at China's most innovative health biotechnology companies

A look at China's most innovative health biotechnology companies

New research shows that paralyzed mice walk again

New research shows that paralyzed mice walk again

Scientists restore walking after spinal cord injury

Scientists restore walking after spinal cord injury

Rehabilitation training for patients with spinal cord injuries may help repair brain, spinal cord

Rehabilitation training for patients with spinal cord injuries may help repair brain, spinal cord

Intensive training post-spinal cord injury can stimulate repair in brain and spinal cord

Intensive training post-spinal cord injury can stimulate repair in brain and spinal cord

Cervical collars superior in immobilization and reduction of pressure

Cervical collars superior in immobilization and reduction of pressure