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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A Big Year for New York Member Jason DaSilva

2016-12-31T02:26:51+00:00 Member Spotlight|

In the wake of his first feature film, New York member Jason DaSilva, 35, has been lauded with superlatives and praise by some of the country’s most heralded voices. Among many favorable reviews for his documentary When I Walk, The New York Times applauded his “uncompromising intelligence” and the Hollywood [...]

Florida Member JR Harding: Gas For All

2016-12-31T02:26:52+00:00 Member Spotlight|

A year of advocacy and working with his county commissioners and the local SCI community paid off for Florida member JR Harding, with the nation’s first ordinance requiring gas stations to install accessible call buttons. For the last five years, an ordinance aimed at improving access at gas stations [...]

Nevada Member Tammy Stay: Paying It Forward

2016-12-31T02:26:57+00:00 Member Spotlight|

When you think about Las Vegas, it’s almost impossible not to think about pageantry. As Ms. Wheelchair Washington 2006 and longtime coordinator of the Washington state pageant, Tammy Stay knew all about pageantry when she moved just outside Vegas, to Henderson, Nev., in 2010. So you can imagine her confusion [...]