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.
Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Care and Cure
National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center