Statistics and Facts

The numbers speak volumes. Here are some eye-opening statistics affecting millions of individuals and families in the United States. 

Nearly 1 out of every 50 Americans (or 6 million people) live with paralysis


Every 49 minutes, a spinal cord injury occurs


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top causes of spinal cord injuries are:  
  Working Accident (28%), Motor Vehicle Accident (24%), Sporting and Recreation (16%), Fall (9%)


The average cost of expenses for an individual with a serious spinal cord injury in the first year ranges
  from over $228,00 to over $775,000


Over 80% of all individuals with a spinal cord injury are male


The median days hospitalized in the acute care unit at a Model System for an individual who has  
  suffered a spinal cord injury has declined from 24 days in the 1973-1979 period to 12 days in the more
  recent period of 2005-2008
  Source: National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center in Birmingham, Alabama


•  Children make up 5% of all individuals with a spinal cord injury

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