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 News

The latest news, events, and legislative issues at United Spinal Association.
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Life in Action Online Magazine
Your connection to the growing United Spinal and NSCIA family, filled with columns and features on the latest news and the most helpful resources, tips and tricks from the SCI/D community. Topics range from technology and health to research, access and travel.
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New Mobility Magazine
New Mobility is a colorful monthly lifestyle magazine for active wheelchair users, with comprehensive articles on SCI/D health, travel, news, technology, recreation, disability rights, research and more.
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Spinal Network resource and guide for wheelchair users. Link to sales page.Spinal Network is the essential resource for making important life choices after spinal injury, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, amputation, ALS and other conditions.

Through the eyes of survivors who have paved the way, this information-packed book explores options in health, technology, attendant services, employment, travel, sports, relationships, sexuality and parenting. It explains–in clear language–the intricacies of legal rights, government benefits and cure research. It covers the arts and media that affect how society views people with disabilities–and how we view ourselves.

Sometimes humorous, always honest, Spinal Network is the one book you need to not only survive disability, but maybe even enjoy the ride.

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