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Living with Paralysis

What is a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the spinal cord becomes damaged, most commonly, when motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, and sporting accidents fracture vertebrae and crush the spinal cord.

Staying Healthy

  • Stretching is an important part of keeping your body healthy.  You may also hear it referred to as passive range of motion.
  • There are many ways to exercise, as well as many reasons.  It helps increase your strength and endurance, but can also help prevent other problems from developing.
  • Eating healthy is something we all know we should do, but we don’t always know how.  It doesn’t have to be hard, start with small changes first!
  • Living healthy doesn’t have to be boring!  There are many ways you can include sports or leisure activities into your daily life and have fun while you are burning energy!

Care and Resources
The Miami Project is not a patient care facility but a research facility that conducts studies aimed at improving treatments for paralysis caused by SCI.  If you are looking for an individualized medical evaluation or rehabilitation therapy, we encourage you to review our resource listing.

Experimental Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury
For people with SCI, their families, friends and caregivers, the decision to receive an experimental treatment or enter a clinical trial is a challenging one.

Dr. Kim Anderson has partnered with Ms. Jennifer French to create webinars for United Spinal Association‘s webinar series.

Did you know that for every hour of every day, another person is spinal cord injured?

The writer, Primo Levi, once said “… I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong…” and I could not agree more. My name is Ashley Moore and this is my story of strength.