Spinal Cord Injury

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. Approximately 12,000 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.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.

Ask Us

United Spinal’s Ask Us program connects you with information, resources, and access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Central” help center. Browse the Knowledge Books below for answers to your questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for just Ask Us and one of our knowledgeable staff will provide you with answers.
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2016 Progress To Be Proud Of

It’s been a busy year for United Spinal and our supporters. As always, things started off slowly but with help from people like you, we managed to rack up a number of wins. Here are just a few of them.

Creating Achievers

Jose was almost 15 years old when he suffered a spinal cord injury. It took an instant for his life to change but learning to live with that change took years of patience and hard work, aided by the help of United Spinal and the generosity of friends just like you.

Please support United Spinal Association's programs with a year end tax deductible gift.Please support United Spinal Association’s programs with a year end tax deductible gift.Jose became connected with a United Spinal Association peer support group that helped him gain confidence. Today, he has gone sky diving, become a peer mentor for others with spinal cord injuries, and participated in United Spinal’s Roll on Capitol Hill, which he describes as, “One of the most powerful and emotional things I have done in my life.”

Thanks to your support, we can help people like Jose recover and rebuild their lives. But to reach even more individuals next year, we have set an ambitious goal for our online community to raise $20,000 by the end of 2016! Please make a contribution today to help us reach our goal.

Your loyalty means so much to the paralyzed Americans and injured veterans that we help each and every day. Thank you for your dedication!

2016-12-31T02:26:40+00:00 Featured, United Spinal News|