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
   Source: ChristopherReeve.org

 

Every 49 minutes, a spinal cord injury occurs
  Source: NeuRE.com

 

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%)
  Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ 

 

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
  Source: ChristopherReeve.org

 

Over 80% of all individuals with a spinal cord injury are male
  Source: SCI-Info-Pages.com

 

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
   Source: CatastrophicInjury.com

Charts Courtesy www.christopherreeve.org