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Understanding Spinal Cord Injury
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Understanding Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing. Damage to this bundle of nerves may cause paralysis and permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions. These injuries are commonly caused by car accidents, disease, and falls.

Investigate the types of spinal cord injury, their symptoms, treatment — and amazing breakthroughs that may lead to a cure.

Shepherd Center
International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Gallery

International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Gallery

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury offers activity-based restorative therapy, which encourages growth of new nervous system cells. Take a closer look. More...

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Kennedy Krieger Institute
After Robot-Assisted Rehab and a Dose of Chemicals, Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

After Robot-Assisted Rehab and a Dose of Chemicals, Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

Rats with spinal cord injuries re-learned how to walk — with help from a chemical cocktail and a robotic harness. Take a look. More...

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Popular Science
Discovering the Secrets of Spinal Fluid

Discovering the Secrets of Spinal Fluid

Spinal fluid surrounds the spinal cord and brain, protecting them like a cushion. Visit the lab to get more facts on spinal fluid and learn why spinal taps are important. More...

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Starlight Children's Foundation
Paralysed Man Walks Again After Cell Transplant

Paralysed Man Walks Again After Cell Transplant

A paralyzed man walks again, thanks to a pioneering therapy involving cells from his nasal cavity. Read about this groundbreaking achievement in neuroscience. More...

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BBC
Replacing Body Parts

Replacing Body Parts

What do you do when you need a new heart — or other organ? Grow one, of course! We’re closer to this possibility than you may think. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

Damage to any part of the spinal cord can cause permanent changes. Find out more about symptoms, causes, tests, and treatment. More...

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Mayo Clinic
Spinal Cord Injury Map

Spinal Cord Injury Map

Check out this interactive to understand how the location of a spinal cord injury affects loss of movement and function in different parts of the body. More...

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FacingDisability.com
Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

What's life like with a spinal cord injury? Get inspired by people who haven’t let paralysis stop them from skydiving, skateboarding, and doing what they love. More...

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Spinal Cord Injury Zone
Spinal Cord Injury: Introduction

Spinal Cord Injury: Introduction

Car accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries. Click through this slideshow to learn the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of spinal cord damage. More...

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MedLinePlus
Spinal-Cord Injury Therapy OK’d by FDA Could Lead to Cures

Spinal-Cord Injury Therapy OK’d by FDA Could Lead to Cures

Transplanting their own Schwann cells has helped paralyzed animals recover movement and function. Could this new treatment work for humans, too? More...

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ABC News
The Spinal Cord

The Spinal Cord

Learn about this bundle of nerves connecting the brain and peripheral nervous system. And don’t miss the spinal cord puzzles and animation. More...

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Neuroscience for Kids

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