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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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 New Year With New Challenges

Happy New Year to our friends and advocates!

With a new Presidential Administration coming on board in just a couple of days, we face both new challenges and opportunities on a whole range of public policy issues.

Our unified voice in Washington can make a difference on the issues that matter to you. We count on people like you to guide us by letting us know what matters to you. Please take a few minutes of your time to fill out United Spinal’s 2017 Public Policy Survey.

Take The Survey

Individually, people with disabilities represent a wide range of diversity, but as a community, we have common barriers to overcome and needs to fulfill. The survey results will help identify our common challenges so we can set priorities for 2017 and for this year’s Roll on Capitol Hill.

We need to share our concerns with policymakers, the White House and federal agencies. Ultimately, your input helps highlight the concerns and challenges for both this generation and beyond.

2017-06-22T22:52:12+00:00 By |Latest, United Spinal Updates|