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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United Spinal’s 6th Annual “Roll on Capitol Hill” to Raise Awareness of Critical Issues Impacting the Spinal Cord Injury/Disease and Veteran Communities

2017-05-19T10:00:52+00:00 Featured, United Spinal News|

United Spinal and over 100 disability advocates and wheelchair users from its national chapter network will gather in Washington to meet with congressional leaders and highlight health, independence, community, and quality of life issues vital to people with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D).

May is ALS Awareness Month

2017-05-16T12:45:08+00:00 Featured|

It's estimated that over 6,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS every year, and 20,000 people live with the disease at any given time. In honor of ALS Awareness Month, we're sharing stories about living with ALS from our award-winning membership magazine.