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September Is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

picIf there’s one thing we should all be aware of during National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, it’s that people can and will adapt to the challenges of living with a spinal cord injury and discover new roads to excel in life. These are the people we have proudly served since 1946. And it’s been an honor.

When someone is spinal cord injured, there can be a great deal of uncertainty and an overwhelming amount of questions. But the fact is there are many people living with SCI that are achieving extraordinary things. They’re relentless and determined, staring down adversity, unwilling to let their injury slow them down.

If you, or a loved one, have been affected by spinal cord injury and need assistance, please visit our SCI Resource Center at http://www.spinalcord.org/. It provides a wealth of information on living with SCI, including access to our online help desk where you can receive personal support with whatever issues you’re confronted with.

Also, be sure to check out New Mobility, our monthly magazine for active wheelchair users at http://www.newmobility.com/. New Mobility encourages the integration of active wheelchair users into mainstream society with articles on health, advocacy, travel, employment, relationships, recreation, media, products and more.

If you’re looking for support in your area, help is right around the corner. We have chapter affiliates and support groups across the country that connect people with SCI to a strong network of individuals who have risen above their disability and want to help others do the same.

Spinal Cord Injury Quick Facts

• The annual incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI) is approximately 54 cases per million population in the U.S. or approximately 17,000 new SCI cases each year.

• Vehicle crashes are currently the leading cause of injury, followed by falls, acts of violence (primarily gunshot wounds), and sports/recreation activities.

• The number of people in the U.S. who are alive in 2016 who have SCI has been estimated to be approximately 282,000 persons, with a range from 243,000 to 347,000 persons.

• The average age at injury has increased from 29 years during the 1970s to 42 years currently.

• Males account for approximately 80% of new SCI cases.

• Lengths of stay in the hospital acute care unit have declined from 24 days in the 1970s to 11 days currently. Rehabilitation lengths of stay have also declined from 98 days in the 1970s to 35 days currently.

• Incomplete tetraplegia is currently the most frequent neurological category followed by incomplete paraplegia, complete paraplegia, and complete tetraplegia. Less than 1% of persons experienced complete neurological recovery by hospital discharge.

Source: National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center https://www.nscisc.uab.edu

At United Spinal Association we are committed to raising awareness on the issues that impact thousands of individuals living with SCI. From fighting for greater access to the right wheelchairs, public transportation and health care services and supports to protecting the rights of our Nation’s disabled veterans to ensure they get the benefits they need and deserve, United Spinal is here for you.

Thank you for raising SCI awareness and supporting our community!

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