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's 3rd Annual Roll on Capitol Hill: Wheelchair Users and Advocates Lead Charge to Strengthen Disability Rights

June 25th, 2014|Events, Featured, United Spinal News|

Left to right: Congressman Jim Langevin with George Gallego of our NY Chapter and Joe Gaskins, United Spinal's president United Spinal Association and advocates from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 22-25 for Roll on Capitol Hill to shape [...]

Participate in Virtual Call-in to Support Complex Rehab Tech

April 29th, 2014|Advocacy, Events, Featured|

This week is Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Week. United Spinal along with other stakeholders at the NCART Conference are in Washington, DC promoting better access to customized wheelchairs. On May 1, United Spinal, along with clinicians and wheelchair providers, will be meeting with policymakers urging them to support “Ensuring Access [...]