• 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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    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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Advocate Turned Politician: Willis Washington

Despite a lack of political experience, Willis Washington decided to run for state office last year in Oklahoma. Working in his local SCI community, he saw a need and wanted to it. He didn’t win,...

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Rick Hayden: Behind the Smile

If you’ve had any association with the wheelchair industry, the medical industry or pretty much done anything at all related to rehab, chances are you’ve probably seen the Smile. The Smile in...
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Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Misconceptions with Bill Fertig

Bill Fertig is an entrepreneur, wheelchair user, former police officer, and a champion at the United Spinal Association resource center. As the head of the resource center, Bill is often the first...

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How the Americans with Disabilities Act Protects the Rights of Wheelchair Users

United Spinal Association is proud to be a part of the legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights law that protects wheelchair users and other people with...

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Member Has Wheelchair Heavily Damaged By Airlines - Twice In One Year!

Kenny Salvini, a United Spinal member from Sumner, Washington, had his specialized wheelchair heavily damaged by Alaska Airlines on a recent flight home to Sea-Tac International Airport.

This is...

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Wheelchair Cushion - Guilty Or Not Guilty?

The Wheelchair cushion is a common fall guy when wheelchair users develop pressure sores. At times they are guilty as hell. At other times they may not be.

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Options In Wheelchair Bags

If you like the idea of a pack made especially for wheelchairs, some users swear by the TiLite bag.
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Risk Taking & Spinal Cord Injury

It is well-known that risk taking & spinal cord injury are a terrible team, with the top causes being road accidents, falls, violence, and sports — often with alcohol in the mix.

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Parenting With A Spinal Cord Injury

Parenting with a spinal cord injury  is as much about the right to have kids and raise them as it is about the physiological ability to parent them.

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Hand Function Improvement Without The Cure

A tendon transfer can stabilize a quad’s thumb (A) and help restore pinch and grasp function (B).
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