A Better Everyday Life for the Spinal Cord Injured

Spinalis Foundation

Power to injured backs

The Spinalis Foundation was founded in 1989 with the mission to initiate and support research and development within the field of spinal cord injury. The goal is to enable people with spinal cord injury (SCI) to live a fulfilling everyday life.

About the Spinalis Foundation

The Spinalis Foundation is a charitable foundation with the mission to promote research and develop treatments for people with SCI. In Sweden we are a proactive force within SCI rehabilitation. Our medical research projects are closely linked to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Funding is raised from several sources, companies, individuals as well as from other foundations. 

Research and development

A prerequisite for achieving the goals of the Spinalis foundation is that knowledge in care and rehabilitation in spinal cord injury is constantly deepened. That enables the development of better methods and aids.
NEWS INTERNATIONAL

It has long been a hope of Spinalis to expand its work to improve the rehabilitation of spinal cord injured people in Malawi as well. Emergency care after SCI in Malawi has been inadequate but major progress has been made in recent years and the need for rehabilitation is now significant. Katarzyna Trok and Inka Löfvenmark, international coordinator of the Spinalis Foundation, went to Malawi for a reconnaissance trip.

NEWS SWEDEN

The National Board of Health and Welfare has decided to centralize the acute and sub-acute care and rehabilitation for persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in Sweden.

As of April 2023 there will be four university hospitals (Stockholm, Gothenburg, Lund and Umeå) which will be eligible to conduct care and rehabilitation for people with SCI.

The Spinalis Foundation is welcoming this decision. The right to high quality rehabilitation regardless of place of residence has been a highly prioritized question for us during the last three decades.

Meet the founder of Spinalis whose dedication and drive never seems to end.

Professor Claes Hultling is a medical doctor and a skilled public speaker. In May 1984 Claes dived in shallow water, broke his neck and became paralyzed from his chest down. Ever since, he has traveled the world on his crusade to increase knowledge and to promote the best possible life for persons living with spinal cord injuries.

See the Spinalis Foundation’s involvement in the work of establishing rehabilitation units in Africa.

Health and lifestyle

The folder Food, weight and health for people with spinal cord injury is now available in 14 languages.

Anna-Carin Lagerström, RPT, MSc, Health Educator, has dedicated many years of professional work to pioneer clinical practice and scientific studies in health and lifestyle for persons living with physical impairments, especially in the field of spinal cord injury.

Health and lifestyle

The folder Food, weight and health for people with spinal cord injury is now available in 14 languages.

Anna-Carin Lagerström, RPT, MSc, Health Educator, has dedicated many years of professional work to pioneer clinical practice and scientific studies in health and lifestyle for persons living with physical impairments, especially in the field of spinal cord injury.

SCI Parenting

About 6,000 people in Sweden live with a spinal cord injury.

Many of these individuals are at an age where they consider starting a family. Having children requires major changes in any family. If one parent also has a spinal cord injury, many questions arise that can be difficult to answer.

SCI Parenting is a website aiming to increase knowledge regarding fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting for people living with SCI.

Online Project

With a range of digital activities our project DRIV
encourage people living with SCI to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

This project aims to inspire people with spinal cord injury to an active and healthy lifestyle in order to live a long and healthy life. All our activities are accessible regardless where in Sweden you live.

Online Project

With a range of digital activities our project DRIV
encourage people living with SCI to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

This project aims to inspire people with spinal cord injury to an active and healthy lifestyle in order to live a long and healthy life. All our activities are accessible regardless where in Sweden you live.

SCI Community

10 years ago, the Spinalis Foundation started the community “SCI Sweden” to strengthen the community.

The Facebook-group now gathers more than 5 000 members from Sweden and the neighboring countries. Additionally, we have initiated the groups Parents in wheelchairs, Family members & SCI, Women with SCI and many more.

In the group the members get to share thoughts, feelings and experiences of living with SCI.

Spinalis International

The Spinalis foundation are involved in several international projects.

The Foundation has been instrumental in opening SCI units in Botswana and Namibia. The goal has been to develop national rehabilitation units for people with spinal cord injurys.

Close collaboration with each country´s Ministry of Health and Sida (The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) has made this possible.

Spinalis International

The Spinalis foundation are involved in several international projects.

The Foundation has been instrumental in opening SCI units in Botswana and Namibia. The goal has been to develop national rehabilitation units for people with spinal cord injurys.

Close collaboration with each country´s Ministry of Health and Sida (The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) has made this possible.

We have a scientific cooperation with Coloplast in order to develop better products and services that make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions.