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.
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Survey to Improve Access to Wheelchair Repair

Wheelchair repair is essential to a wheelchair user’s mobility, independence, and ability to contribute to, and participate in society.

Take the mobility survey

However, access to wheelchair repair services is being restricted by Medicare’s policies.

It is critical that wheelchair users have access to a Medicare supplier with trained and experienced service technicians and the infrastructure and inventory to be able to repair the equipment they rely on.

Take the Survey

In an effort to get needed changes made, United Spinal has been meeting with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of a national work group including the ITEM Coalition, National Coalition of Assistive Rehab Technology, American Association for Homecare, and others.

Tell Congress that Medicare must improve access to wheelchair repairs now.

Use this form to easily send an email to your Representatives and Senators with just the click of a button.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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