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 Hosts Free Webinar–Access to Veterans Affairs Caregiving Benefits For Veterans With Disabilities

2016-12-31T02:26:51+00:00 Events, Featured|

United Spinal Association's VetsFirst program, will offer a free webinar on May 7th about accessing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Caregiver Program. Access to VA Caregiving Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities –– Wednesday, May 7, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST, will highlight VA’s Caregiver Program and how [...]

United Spinal Assembles Supporters & Leaders for Upcoming ‘Roll on Capitol Hill’

2016-12-31T02:26:52+00:00 Events, Featured, United Spinal News|

United Spinal Association assembled key corporate sponsors for a leadership meeting this past Tuesday in preparation for the 2014 Roll on Capitol Hill, the nation’s largest gathering of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) influencing public policy in Washington, DC. Roll on Capitol Hill is United Spinal's annual [...]

United Spinal's Roll on Capitol Hill Unites People with Disabilities to Shape Policy

2016-12-31T02:26:53+00:00 Advocacy, Events, Featured, United Spinal News|

Roll on Capitol Hill attendees came from across the country, joining together in one voice for change. United Spinal Association and its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), mobilized over 50 wheelchair users and consumer activists from across the country for the 2nd annual Roll on [...]

United Spinal’s 2nd Annual Roll on Capitol Hill: People with Disabilities Gather to Shape Health Care Policy

2016-12-31T02:26:54+00:00 Events, Featured, Program Success Stories|

United Spinal Association and leaders from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), will gather in Washington, D.C. on June 16-19 for Roll on Capitol Hill, to directly express to legislators the need for greater access to health care, wheelchairs, and policymakers -- critical to the health and [...]