Understanding the Basics: Spinal Cord Injury

What is a Spinal Cord Injury? The spinal cord is a soft bundle of nerve fibers and associated tissue running from the base of the brain down to the lower back. It is protected by the bones of your spine. It connects your brain to all parts of your body. The spinal cord runs through… Learn More »

New Hope For Those With Spinal Cord Injuries

Each day car accidents and other tragic events leave victims paralyzed for the rest of their life. There are 250,000 Americans who have a spinal cord injury and 37% are caused by motor vehicle accidents each year. Of these injured individuals, half  are paraplegic. With average lifetime costs for paraplegics being $400,000 and an estimated… Learn More »

Football Safety Concerns Rise: Studies Link Head Injuries with Traumatic Brain Disorder

While the popularity of football has never been higher in the U.S., major concerns are being raised about the safety of the game from the highest professional level to the youngest youth leagues.  Alan Schwarz of the New York Times has written extensively on the subject.  Among his findings, doctors now say there is a… Learn More »

New Research Breakthrough Offers Hope to Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries

Reports on a breakthrough in using brain cells to stimulate muscle cells in paralyzed limbs

New Helmet Designed to Reduce Risk of Spinal Cord Injury in Sports Accidents

Discusses article reporting progress in design of helmet to reduce risk of spinal cord injury in sporting accidents.

Seeking Treatment Outside the United States for Spinal Cord Injury

Came across this interesting article discussing how many Americans are pursuing experimental therapies for injuries and medical conditions outside the United States that are not available or not approved in this country. The story that caught my eye was that of Greg Minow, who was paralyzed in a sports accident. Doctors in the United States… Learn More »

The Inspiring Story of One Spinal Cord Injury Victim’s Remarkable Recovery

Found this inspiring story of the remarkable recovery of spinal cord injury victim Duane Morrow who through sheer grit and determination has, with the help of an intensive physical therapy program at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center, gone from being a quadriplegic unable to care for himself to riding horses, playing golf and competing in national wheelchair… Learn More »

Head and Spinal Cord Injuries From Ski Accidents Rising

According to a recent article, a review of data on spinal cord and head injuries from snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding in 10 countries found that the number of skiers and snowboarders suffering head and spinal cord injuries rose substantially between 1990 and 2004. Experts say the increase is probably due to greater… Learn More »

Improved Prognosis of Buffalo Bills Tight End Kevin Everett Puts Spotlight on Experimental Hypothermia Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury

Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett suffered a severe spinal cord injury on September 9, 2007, while making a tackle on a kickoff against the Denver Broncos in the first game of the 2007 season. Initially, Everett was unable to move and doctors feared he would be paralyzed for life, but they have become more… Learn More »

Denver Judge Triples Punitive Damages Awarded Against Qwest for Paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury Suffered by Telephone Repairman

It was recently reported that Denver District Court Judge Sheila Rappaport tripled the punitive damage awarded by a jury against Qwest Communications to a former worker, Andrew Blood, who was paralyzed while working on one of Qwest’s telephone poles — from $18 million to $63 million.  Qwest was also ordered to pay $21 million in… Learn More »