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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Chapter Leadership Meeting Opens Door to New Opportunities

2016-12-31T02:26:48+00:00 Featured, Program Success Stories, United Spinal News|

Fifty-five members representing 26 of United Spinal's NSCIA member chapters gathered in Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 11-13 for the 2014 Chapter Leadership Meeting. In addition to substantive discussions about the present and future of United Spinal Association, the weekend offered plenty of time for attendees to connect and share their questions [...]

United Spinal Partners with Ivycorp to Maximize Digital Communication Strategy

2016-12-31T02:26:48+00:00 Advocacy, Featured, Program Success Stories|

United Spinal Association today announced a new partnership with Ivycorp, makers of a cloud-based multi-channel group communications platform called Ivytalk, to assist the organization with integration of short message service (SMS) technology in its future outreach efforts. “Ivytalk will be invaluable in helping United Spinal ensure we are well-equipped to [...]