Thursday, March 31, 2005

Spinal Cord Injuries by the Numbers

Originally published March 28, 2005
  • Between 222,000 and 285,000 Americans are living with spinal cord injuries.
  • 11,000 new cases occur each year.
  • 85 percent of spinal cord patients who survive the first 24 hours are still alive 10 years later.
  • 38 years is the average age at injury.
  • 78.2 percent of spinal cord injuries since 2000 have occurred among males.
  • 44 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle crashes.
  • 88.3 percent of all people with spinal cord injuries live in private homes.
  • 15 is the average number of days spent in a hospital with a spinal cord injury.
  • $682,957 is the average first-year cost for a severe spinal cord injury.