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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Does My Vote Count?

2016-12-31T02:26:44+00:00 Advocacy, Featured, United Spinal News|

Jenn Wolff Manager, United Spinal Advocacy Alliance If there ever was a year to get involved in politics, this is the year. The presidential election cycle is here – those of us who live in New Hampshire and Iowa definitely know it. Now is the time to get [...]

Access To Taxis Action

2016-11-01T17:51:36+00:00 Advocacy|

United Spinal is advocating for 100% accessible taxi, as well as accessible Uber & Lyft, service in Washington, DC. United Spinal will continue to advocate for access to all modes of transportation as a civil right. Join us in this fight. You need not be a resident of DC. Phone [...]