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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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.

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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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Greater Philadelphia Chapter Debuts

2016-12-31T02:26:44+00:00 January 27th, 2016|Chapter Check-In, Featured|

After over two years in the works, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of United Spinal is off and wheeling. The chapter introduced itself to the world on Sept. 12 with a handcycling and barbecue event held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports.

Professional Focus in Minnesota

2016-12-31T02:26:47+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Chapter Check-In|

Connecting with the local community of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders is obviously the first priority of any chapter, but many chapters have found that one of the best ways to help that community is by reaching out to the professionals and individuals who work and live in [...]

Roughing It For Rehab

2016-12-31T02:26:47+00:00 November 19th, 2014|Chapter Check-In|

A weekend spent roughing it in tents and sleeping by the campfire is probably not the first thing most people with new spinal cord injuries would think of when asked to think about therapy. But that’s exactly what makes Beyond Boundaries, a long-running outdoor adventure program organized by the Spinal [...]

Camp Extreme

2016-12-31T02:26:49+00:00 August 18th, 2014|Chapter Check-In|

Kids across the world are spending their summers playing video games, but thanks to the Houston chapter, a group of Texas kids in wheelchairs got a chance to see what life is like inside those games. This year NSCIA Houston partnered with the TIRR Foundation to host Camp Xtreme, an [...]

The Cool Place to be in Milwaukee

2014-07-30T16:59:44+00:00 July 30th, 2014|Chapter Check-In|

If it’s summer in Milwaukee, chances are it is hot and sticky outside — far from ideal conditions for many people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. If it’s summer in Milwaukee, the chances are also good that there is some kind of exciting event taking place at Henry [...]

Peer Gold

2016-12-31T02:26:51+00:00 July 17th, 2014|Chapter Check-In|

Peer mentoring is a critical component for many NSCIA chapters, but for the Greater Boston Chapter it’s more than that: It’s an identity. In a unique setup that dates back to a chapter founder doubling as the director of the rehab program at Boston’s Spaulding Rehab Hospital, the chapter shares [...]

Building Synergy

2016-12-31T02:26:51+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Chapter Check-In|

Steve Goldman, left, is the treasurer of the new SoCal chapter started by Rick Hayden, right. Having lived and worked in and around the Southern California disability community for almost 30 years, Rick Hayden would seem to be perfectly positioned to start an NSCIA chapter serving the region [...]

Snow Not an Obstacle

2016-12-31T02:26:52+00:00 April 3rd, 2014|Chapter Check-In|

The Madison chapter believes in the transformative powers of adaptive kayaking. Running a NSCIA chapter and organizing meetings is no easy task under normal circumstances. The task becomes all the more difficult when over 50 inches of snow does its best to keep your wheelchair-using members stuck in [...]