September: Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month
In recognition of September as Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Gauthier Amedee sheds light on some statistics regarding the devastating and potentially life-altering effects a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) can have.
Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and operating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) has released their 2018 report on Spinal Cord Injury.
Causes of SCIs
The NSCISC indicates that spinal cord injuries typically result from the following causes:
- 4% from Unspecified Causes
- 5% from Surgical Malpractice
- 8% from Sports-Related Injuries
- 14% from Acts of Violence
- 32% from Slip-and-Fall Injuries
- 38% from Vehicular Accidents
Based on a population in the United States of approximately 327 million people, most estimate the annual occurrence of SCIs within the U.S. to be 54 cases per one million residents. This equals some 17,700 new SCI cases per year. Current estimates say about 288,000 people in the country currently have some form of SCI. The effects include both Paraplegia—paralysis of the legs and lower body—and Tetraplegia—paralysis of all four limbs.
Effects of SCIs
For those who have suffered SCIs, the trends for long-term recovery are as follows:
- 1% make a Full Recovery
- 12% suffer from Complete Tetraplegia
- 20% suffer from Complete Paraplegia
- 20% suffer from Incomplete Paraplegia
- 47% suffer from Incomplete Tetraplegic
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