United Spinal Association of Virginia – A Chapter of United Spinal

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United Spinal Association of Virginia – A Chapter of United Spinal

United Spinal Association of Virginia supports and provides resources to people with spinal cord injury or disease and assists them in achieving their highest level of health, independence and quality of life.

The chapter educates the newly injured, families, public officials, community leaders, and citizens to the needs of persons with spinal cord injury and disease, and the importance of creating an environment of greater independence for all. We offer a variety of services and a wealth of knowledge towards unlocking the door for active living with a spinal cord injury.

United Spinal Association of Virginia has built a program out of proven models of Peer and Family Mentoring in order to provide newly injured individuals and their families with a certified mentor to help navigate the early challenges of SCI. We match mentors with peers based on age, gender, level of injury, and interests in the hopes that the newly injured individual will feel most comfortable asking anything/everything they may have questions about.

United Spinal Association of Virginia on its own and in partnership with other area organizations arranges an assortment of events that are of interest to individuals with a spinal cord injury or disease.

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.
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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.