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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The Promise of New Rehabilitation Research

United Spinal Association policy staff participated in a briefing on the National Institutes of Health’s new rehabilitation research plan now being implemented across the agency to which United Spinal has provided ongoing input.

The plan focusses on rehabilitation across the lifespan; community and family; technology use and development; research design and methodology; translational science; and, building research capacity and infrastructure all of which are important to the United Spinal community.

The chief architects and sponsors of H.R. 1631, Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH Act, Rep. James R. Langevin (D-RI-2), and Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS-3) both attended the briefing. They also co-chair the Congressional Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus.

Both Mr. Langevin and Mr. Harper (R-MS-3) shared how disabilities have touched their lives personally. They each addressed the importance of rehabilitation research to the quality of life and future independence of individuals in the disability community. Their legislation was included in the recently enacted 21st Century Cures Act which United Spinal advocated for and which we included as one of our priorities at our Roll on Capitol Hill this year.

A consumer-advocate, Joshua Rouch, who lives with a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury and went through extensive rehabilitation provided his personal experience of how quickly things can change and all the work that goes into rehabilitation.

United Spinal Association was proud to cosponsor this briefing.

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