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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Building Synergy

2016-12-31T02:26:51+00:00 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 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 [...]

Chapter Check-In Minnesota

2016-12-31T02:26:52+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

MNSCIA members display the city of Edina’s proclamation. The Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury Association (MNSCIA) has recently done a few very successful things to increase awareness of resources, education and advocacy to improve the lives of Minnesotans with spinal cord injuries. With September being Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month [...]

Conversations Fuel Colorado Chapter

2013-08-16T17:57:48+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

For the last three years, husband and wife Colby and Meara Kortum have been connecting people with spinal cord injuries in Colorado through their That’s How I Roll foundation. The two met when Colby was rehabbing an L1-2 SCI sustained in a car accident at the same time Meara was [...]

New Chapters in Madison and Scranton

2016-12-31T02:26:53+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

The origins of two of the newest NSCIA chapters show that the roots of a new chapter often stem from the feeling that something is missing. For Joe Salva, that feeling materialized when he returned to Scranton, Pa., after being exposed to the extensive SCI program at Mt. Sinai Hospital [...]

Covering the Map with Member Chapters

2016-12-31T02:26:53+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

It has been just over two years since NSCIA became the membership division of United Spinal Association and chapter growth is at an all-time high. Check out the map. Four new chapters have recently signed on to expand the organization’s coverage. New chapters in Tennessee, Madison, Wisc., California and Scranton, [...]

A Family Affair

2013-02-11T17:48:52+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

Despite being home to key United Spinal and NSCIA events and having a large population of people with SCI/D, Florida until recently did not have an NSCIA chapter. Hector Del Valle, a longtime quad, and his wife, Jo Bennett-Del Valle, realized this at last year’s Independence Expo and decided to [...]

Connecting Rhode Island

2013-02-11T17:45:56+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

Dr. Gary Witman gets excited when he starts talking about the multitude of spinal cord injury-related ongoings in Rhode Island. There’s groundbreaking research, fun social opportunities and unique events that Rhode Island residents, with and without SCI, should be proud of. As a longtime emergency room physician who was paralyzed [...]

Sandy’s Silver Lining

2016-12-31T02:26:56+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

The day Superstorm Sandy made landfall in October, Teresa Tisdell, the director of the Oklahoma chapter of NSCIA, had been scheduled for her weekly standing call with Nick LiBassi, United Spinal’s director of special projects. When the storm knocked out power to United Spinal’s New York office, LiBassi used his [...]