The SCI Network of Metropolitan Washington – Chapter of United Spinal

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The SCI Network of Metropolitan Washington – Chapter of United Spinal

Washington DC Chapter of United Spinal

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The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Network of Metropolitan Washington is the local chapter of the United Spinal Association, which serves the D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia areas. We are embarking on a journey to empower those living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

The United Spinal Association and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MNRH) have partnered to help improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis due to SCI/D. Our aim is to improve lives by positively impacting members by providing services such as— but not limited to—advocating for your rights, providing a monthly peer support group and providing access to wellness and fitness programs. The more people from the D.C. metropolitan area with SCI/D and related stakeholders who join us in our mission, the more effective we will be. So please join us.

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.
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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.