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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Access To Taxis Action

2016-11-01T17:51:36+00:00 January 4th, 2016|Advocacy|

United Spinal is advocating for 100% accessible taxi, as well as accessible Uber & Lyft, service in Washington, DC. United Spinal will continue to advocate for access to all modes of transportation as a civil right. Join us in this fight. You need not be a resident of DC. Phone [...]

Minnesota Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program Success

2016-12-31T02:26:44+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Advocacy, Featured, United Spinal News|

Written By: Rob Wudlick Funding for spinal cord injury (SCI) research and other types of medical research is inadequate. As of 2015, about 14 percent of grant applications are approved by the National Institutes of Health for SCI research, annually. Life changing innovations which are currently being developed are delayed [...]

United Spinal’s VetsFirst Calls for Improvements to VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

2016-12-31T02:26:45+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Advocacy, Featured, United Spinal News|

Recently, VetsFirst Director Ross Meglathery testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs’ Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity regarding the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E). Meglathery’s opening remarks stressed the need to provide disabled veterans with the training to reintegrate into society and the workforce. This training serves a [...]