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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.
Botox shows potential for bladder spasms and leakages

Botox shows potential for bladder spasms and leakages

Researchers investigate intelligent robotic devices to help people with severe disabilities

Researchers investigate intelligent robotic devices to help people with severe disabilities

Human skin could be a new source of stem cells

Human skin could be a new source of stem cells

Brain compensatory mechanisms contribute to recovery from spinal cord injury

Brain compensatory mechanisms contribute to recovery from spinal cord injury

Spinal cord reconstruction following injury

Spinal cord reconstruction following injury

Research reveals critical knowledge about the nervous system

Research reveals critical knowledge about the nervous system

Revolutionary surgical procedure for a type of decapitation

Revolutionary surgical procedure for a type of decapitation

Study looks at religion in health care

Study looks at religion in health care

New therapy for chronic spasticity and rigidity

New therapy for chronic spasticity and rigidity

Findings could lead to new therapy for spinal cord injury

Findings could lead to new therapy for spinal cord injury

Researchers working on the development of drugs to limit neuronal death

Researchers working on the development of drugs to limit neuronal death

Antibody repairs myelin in lab study of multiple sclerosis and related disorders

Antibody repairs myelin in lab study of multiple sclerosis and related disorders

Clinical trial for lab-grown neo-bladder to help spinal cord injury patients

Clinical trial for lab-grown neo-bladder to help spinal cord injury patients

High school footballers wearing special helmets to monitor brain injuries

High school footballers wearing special helmets to monitor brain injuries

Mobility-enhancing device set to receive Da Vinci award

Mobility-enhancing device set to receive Da Vinci award

Electromagnetic tracking devices help pinpoint best methods for moving injured players

Electromagnetic tracking devices help pinpoint best methods for moving injured players

Embryonic stem cell strategy advanced with UCSF finding

Embryonic stem cell strategy advanced with UCSF finding

Tadalafil appears to improve erectile function in men with spinal cord injuries

Tadalafil appears to improve erectile function in men with spinal cord injuries

New form of estrogen shows potential as multiple sclerosis drug

New form of estrogen shows potential as multiple sclerosis drug

Seat belt injuries in children

Seat belt injuries in children