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Spinal Cord Injury Statistics

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Spinal cord injuries happen in all types of accidents – leading to paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia. Those who have suffered a spinal cord injury know it changes lives forever. It can affect your level of independence, your ability to hold a job, and your quality of life. Unfortunately, these types of injuries are quite common.

We've compiled some statistics on spinal cord injuries and related injuries.

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National Spinal Cord Injury Facts

Spinal Cord Injury Statistics in 2018:

  • An estimated 288,000 people in the United States are currently living with a spinal cord injury
  • Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of SCI with 38 percent
  • Slip and fall accidents are the secon dleading cause of SCI with 32 percent
  • 30 percent of persons witha SCI are re-hospitalized within the year following injury

The following are statistics by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center in 2013:

  • 65% of spinal cord injuries occur in a vehicle or slip-and-fall accident.
  • There are about 273,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury.
  • Nearly half of all spinal cord injuries happen to someone between the ages of 16 and 30.
  • Spinal cord injuries often keep patients in hospitals for over 110 days for critical care followed by rehabilitation.

The following are statistics provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke in 2006:

  • There are 10,000-12,000 spinal cord injuries every year in the United States.
  • Approximately 250,000 Americans are living with a spinal cord injury at any moment.
  • The average cost to manage care and provide treatment for spinal injury patients ever year is $4 billion.
  • Car accidents cause about 38.5% of spinal cord injuries.
  • More than half (55%) of spinal cord injury victims are between 16 and 30 years old.
  • More than 80% of spinal cord injury victims are men.

Spinal Cord Injury Resources

Did you suffer a spinal cord injury? Do you know someone who was paralyzed or is living with a spinal disorder? Follow these links for more information:

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Source: "Facts and Figures at a Glance - June 2006." by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC).
"Facts and Figures at a Glance - 2018." by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC).