August 27, 2010, Newsletter Issue #68: Spinal Cord Injury Facts

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The CDC shows that as of 1998, almost 200,000 people in the United States live with a disability that is related to a spinal cord injury and that about 11,000 people have a spinal cord injury each year. More than half of the people with a spinal cord injury are between 15 and 29 years of age.

Age plays a part is the causes of spinal cord injuries. In people who are under 65 years of age, vehicle accidents are typically the cause of the spinal cord injury, while falls cause people over 65 years of age to suffer from a spinal cord injury. Of those under 65 years of age, sports and recreation activities are about 18 percent of the causes of spinal cord injury.

A spinal cord injury may also present secondary conditions such as pressure sores, respiratory problems, urinary tract infections, spasticity and scoliosis. Another problem with spinal cord injury patients is hyperreflexia.

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