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.

Ask Us

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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New Beginnings BackPack. Life after spinal cord injury.

United Spinal’s New Beginning BackPacks Reached Over 5000 Individuals With A Spinal Cord Injury Or Disease In 2015

But We Need To Reach More In 2016!

The Benefits

Aside from the wealth of information contained in the wheelchair adaptable BackPack (over 30 items), recipients also receive Priority Access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Resource Center” staff of consultants.

Our staff provide recipients with priority one-on-one answers, explanations, guidance, and yes, even a shoulder to lean on when needed. Our “Ask Us” program accomplishes over 3000 assists for people with a spinal cord injury and their family members every year. But we need to do more!

While we can’t stuff the BackPack with all of the information that someone may need, we can be there when doubt and confusion arise. We are committed to guiding individuals down the path to a productive and rewarding life after injury.

For $30 Per BackPack You Can Create
A New Beginning!

Sponsor A BackPack For $30

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Help Us Get There!

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Why?

Most people are universally unprepared for the unique challenges of living with a new spinal cord injury or disease.

That’s why it’s vital to reach these individuals, their family members and caregivers with the proper support as quickly as possible.

Getting It Out There

  • Distributed directly by United Spinal to individuals
  • Through our family of affiliated United Spinal Chapters
  • By our Hospital and Rehab Facility Members
  • Through our network of affiliated Peer Support Groups
  • Through organizations who have regular contact with individuals who have a spinal cord injury or disease.
  • At events and meetings where people with a spinal cord injury gather