Spinal Cord Injury Information Page - Article
Article: Spinal Cord Injury Information Page
What is Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when a traumatic event results in damage to cells within the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord. The most common types of SCI include contusion (bruising of the spinal cord) and compression (caused by pressure on the spinal cord). Other types of injuries include lacerations (severing or tearing of some nerve fibers, such as damage caused by a gun shot wound), and central cord syndrome (specific damage to the corticospinal tracts of the cervical region of the spinal cord). Severe SCI often causes paralysis (loss of control over voluntary movement and muscles of the body) and loss of sensation and reflex function below the point of injury, including autonomic activity such as breathing and other activities such as bowel and bladder control. Other symptoms such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms, and sexual dysfunction may develop over time. SCI patients are also prone to develop secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections, and bed sores.
Is there any treatment?
What is the prognosis?
What research is being done?
Select this link to view a list of studies currently seeking patients.
|Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation/ Paralysis Resource Center |
500 Morris Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Tel: 973-379-2690 800-225-0292
|National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) |
4200 Forbes Boulevard
Lanham, MD 20706-4829
Tel: 301-459-5900/301-459-5984 (TTY) 800-346-2742
|Miami Project to Cure Paralysis/ Buoniconti Fund |
P.O. Box 016960
Miami, FL 33101-6960
Tel: 305-243-6001 800-STANDUP (782-6387)
|National Spinal Cord Injury Association |
6701 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
Tel: 301-214-4006 800-962-9629
|Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) |
801 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-3517
Tel: 202-USA-1300 (872-1300) 800-424-8200
|Spinal Cord Society |
19051 County Highway 1
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Tel: 218-739-5252 or 218-739-5261
|Geoffrey Lance Foundation for SCI Research and Support |
132 S. 10th Street, #375 Main
c/o Regional SCI Center of Delaware Valley
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: 877-GLANCE1 (452-6231)
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Cache Date: December 16, 2004