If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury, one of the most important things you can do is to educate yourself about this condition. Spinal cord injury can affect many different parts of a person’s life, but there are steps you can take to improve their quality of life. Here are some resources to start with.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association: The definitive source for news, information, research, (legal advice), and more.
Spinal cord injury – MayoClinic.com: A wealth of information on causes, treatments, symptoms, and prevention of spinal cord injuries.
Spinal Cord Injury Information: Presented by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
SPINALCORD: Spinal Cord Injury Information Network: Find organizations, agencies, products, and other resources related to spinal cord injury.
Neurosurgery Today: Patient education materials from The American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
X-Plain Patient Education Tutorial: Spinal Cord Injury: Offers a multimedia tutorial on spinal cord injury from the National Institutes of Health.
The Spinal Cord Injury Zone: This non-profit knowledge base offers and community support for victims of spinal cord injury.
American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses: Resource for nurses wishing to provide quality care to spinal cord injury patients.
Spinal cord injury: Spinal cord 101: Discusses the basic facts, rehabilitation, and living with spinal cord injuries.
Spinal Cord Injury and Pain: WebMD resources for managing the pain associated with spinal cord injury.
Spinal Cord Injury – Paraplegic & Quadriplegic, Tetraplegic Information: Offers peer support, discussion forums, and general resources.
Model Spinal Cord Injury Care System at UMHS: From the University of Michigan, this treatment center offers state-of-the-art care for spinal cord injury patients.
QUAD-LIST Discussion Group: Provides a way for quadriplegics and tetraplegics to communicate with others who share the same condition.
Travis Roy Foundation: – Foundation dedicated to helping spinal cord injury survivors helping to fund research.
Sexuality and Spinal Cord Injury: Discusses the impact spinal cord injury has on this important aspect of life.
Spinal Cord Injury Peer Information Library on Technology: Product reviews, articles, and stories examine consumer’s experiences with assistive technology.
Spinal Cord Injury – My Child Has – Children’s Hospital Boston: Information about spinal cord injury in children.
ASIA | American Spinal Injury Association: This organization’s goal is to promote excellence, foster research, and educate the public concerning spinal cord injuries.
Paralyzed Veterans of America: Useful resource for those who have served in the military and suffered a spinal cord injury.
The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Kentucky: This organization works to provide awareness, support, resources, and recreational opportunities throughout Kentucky.
Your Orthopaedic Connection: Information about restoring hand function after a spinal cord injury.
Patient Voices – Spinal Cord Injury: Relates the stories of six individuals who have experienced spinal cord injuries and how the injury has affected their lives.
International Campaign for Cures of Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis: This is a group of organizations working to promote finding a cure for spinal cord injury paralysis.
Paralinks Wheelchair Nation: Electronic Directory to provide information for people with Spinal Cord Injuries.
VA and Spinal Cord Injury – Public and Intergovernmental Affairs: Fact sheet about compensation and care available to veterans with spinal cord injuries.
Osteoporosis and Spinal Cord Injury: Learn about this common complication associated with spinal cord injury.
Project Walk®- Spinal Cord Injury Recovery: Promotes exercise-based recovery programs.
Spinal Cord Injury Facts: Offers a large collection of statistics related to spinal cord injury.
CareCure Forums: Very active forums for those with spinal cord injuries to share support and information.
SPINALCORD: National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center: Large database of spinal cord injury facts and figures.