Frequently asked questions

>What is a complete vs incomplete injury?

Understand the terms commonly used to describe a spinal cord injury.

>What emergency procedures occur following an SCI?

Medical procedures that are used to control the damage to the spinal cord.

>How do I deal with depression and adjustment to my SCI?

Navigating your way through paralysis can be confusing and overwhelming.

>What are the secondary conditions?

It’s important to learn how to identify and manage complications of paralysis.

>I have no health insurance, what are my options?

If you're uninsured or underinsured there are still avenues to get health coverage.

>How can I apply for Social Security benefits?

An overview of Social Security programs for individuals living with disabilities.

>How do I find a rehabilitation facility?

Find out how to locate appropriate rehab resources near you.

>How can I locate funding for rehabilitation and equipment?

Financial assistance for rehabilitation and necessary medical equipment.

>What do I need to know about stem cell research?

Think about the potential in two ways: the here-and-now and the future.

>What is the clinical trials process?

Resources and advice if you are considering clinical trials.


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Paralysis Resource Guide >Paralysis Resource Guide

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Fact sheets A-Z >Fact sheets A-Z

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Patient education booklets >Patient education booklets

On many secondary conditions that can occur as a result of paralysis

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Find resources and organizations that support people living with paralysis.

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