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United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with a spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). Our programs and services provide support and information to people with a Spinal Cord Injury, their loved ones, care providers and professionals.


Updates

Dawn Ziegler – Not Letting Life Pass Her By

Dawn Ziegler grew up on a small farm outside of Waunakee, Wisconsin, and was paralyzed in a car accident when she was 16, resulting in a C5/6 SCI. “One of [...]

United Spinal Named Beneficiary of ‘Ride with Ian’ Cross-Continent Bike Trek to Raise Spinal Cord Injury Awareness and Funds

United Spinal Association will receive 100 percent of the profits raised by Ian Andersen, who is cycling 20,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina to increase awareness, help veterans, and fund rehabilitation.

No Cuts To The Social Security Budget!

Action Required! Click Here To Take Action Delays in getting your benefits exist because Social Security’s operating budget has been cut by over 10 percent since 2010 and the [...]

Support the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities

Action Required! Click Here To Take Action Institutionalization remains a serious problem for people with disabilities. United Spinal supports the Disability Integration Act (S. 2427/H.R. 5689) which addresses this [...]

VetsFirst Improving the Lives of Wounded Veterans for 70 years

In 1946 Robert Moss rolled his wheelchair down to Grand Central Terminal in New York City and led his fellow World War II veterans in a passionate protest. The comrades, [...]

Ian Andersen – 17500 Miles & 14 Countries For Spinal Cord Injury Awareness

Ian Andersen is taking a 17,500 mile bike ride spanning 14 countries over 10 months, all with the goal of raising awareness & funds for spinal cord injury.


Approximately 17,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure.