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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Jenn Wolff to Lead United Spinal Association’s UsersFirst Program

2016-12-31T02:26:52+00:00 February 28th, 2014|Featured, Program Success Stories, United Spinal News|

Jenn Wolff, a disability advocate, lobbyist and Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2011, has been selected to spearhead United Spinal Association’s UsersFirst program and its mission to ensure greater access to appropriate wheelchairs, mobility scooters and seating systems for people with disabilities nationwide. “As a new voice for UsersFirst, I hope to [...]

United Spinal’s 2nd Annual Roll on Capitol Hill: People with Disabilities Gather to Shape Health Care Policy

2016-12-31T02:26:54+00:00 May 21st, 2013|Events, Featured, Program Success Stories|

United Spinal Association and leaders from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), will gather in Washington, D.C. on June 16-19 for Roll on Capitol Hill, to directly express to legislators the need for greater access to health care, wheelchairs, and policymakers -- critical to the health and [...]

United Spinal Establishes Advisory Committee of Spinal Cord Injury Experts

2016-12-31T02:26:55+00:00 April 25th, 2013|Featured, Program Success Stories|

United Spinal Association has appointed a new Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC) to offer guidance and expertise in assisting people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) locate the very best resources to maximize their quality of life. The MSAC is comprised of representatives of the multidisciplinary SCI/D [...]

UsersFirst Mobilizes Wheelchair Users to Demand Access to Essential Mobility Equipment

2016-12-31T02:26:56+00:00 March 4th, 2013|Featured, Program Success Stories, Wheelchairs & Technology|

United Spinal's grassroots advocacy program UsersFirst has developed a new Mobile Registration Form to rally wheelchair users and disability advocates in the fight to challenge disability policies and improve access to mobility equipment. The form will help UsersFirst mobilize wheelchair users, when needed, to address private, state and federal policy [...]