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.

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Advocating for Better Wheelchairs

HR 942 sponsors (Reps. Crowley and Sensenbrenner) were greeted by consumers, suppliers, clinicians and manufacturers at a breakfast meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2013. Photo: Paul J. Tobin with Gerry Dickerson (left) and Congressman Joseph Crowley (right). Courtesy of Tom Borcherding.

United Spinal’s President Paul J. Tobin and UsersFirst advocates recently met with over 220 elected officials in Washington, D.C. to call for greater access to complex rehab technology.

Complex rehab technology–or properly configured wheelchairs and other mobility equipment–enables wheelchair users and other people with disabilities to live the lives we choose. It keeps us moving. It allows us to do what we love. And most importantly, it enables us to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way. Isn’t that what life’s all about? If you’re stuck at home with a cruddy wheelchair, that isn’t much of a life.

There is a bill that will ensure access to this complex equipment, it’s called HR 942. The bill was introduced by Joe Crowley (D-14th NY) as a co-sponsor with Jim Sensenbrenner (R-5th WI).

You can support this bill by contacting your representative.



2016-12-31T02:26:55+00:00 April 17th, 2013|Advocacy, Featured, United Spinal News, Wheelchairs & Technology|