Facts and Statistics
- Each year, around the world, between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer from a spinal cord injury.
- The majority of spinal cord injuries are due to preventable causes such as road traffic crashes, falls or violence.
- Spinal cord injury is associated with lower rates of school enrollment and economic participation.
Spinal Cord Injuries Are Most Commonly caused by:
Age of Injury
The average age of injury has increased from 20 years during the 1970’s to currently 42 years of age.
Males account for approximately 80% of new spinal cord injury cases.
Life expectancies for persons with SCI continue to increase, but are still somewhat below life expectancies.