Dana Reeve said, "Spinal Cord Injury is the cruelest of all traumas." An otherwise healthy, active person is instantly thrust into a life-altering existence. Damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, loss of sensation and the loss of bladder, bowel and sexual function. Further, it can be accompanied by intense pain, spasticity (muscle jerking) or hypersensitivity (intense itching or burning of the skin in reaction to touch).

Throughout human history, paralysis due to central nervous system damage, which includes the brain and spinal cord, was considered permanent. However, research breakthroughs over the last two decades has changed that thinking. A cure is now inevitable. As with other research-based objectives, how soon a cure is found is a matter of money and commitment. We, at the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund, are committed to accelerating the pace of research to make that day come as soon as possible.

The following sections will provide information designed to help the newly injured, their friends and their family members understand more about spinal cord injury, what it is, how it affects people, and the hope that research is bringing.

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Spinal Cord Injury Basics

Many misconceptions abound concerning spinal cord injury. For example, many people believe that the spinal cord below the injury site dies after injury...

For Friends and Family of the Newly Injured

I receive many calls and emails from people and families with spinal cord injury. It is better today compared to 1977 when I took care of my first spinal-injured patient. Here is what I say to families now...

Spinal Cord Injury Levels and Classification

People with spinal cord injury are often told that they have an injury at a given spinal cord level. They are often told that the injury is "complete" or "incomplete"...

Is a cure really possible?

This question has been on the minds of many people: the injured, their friends, their family, and their caregivers...

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, many questions recur repeatedly every few days. Let me try to recap the answers to these questions...

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