What the Statistics Say: Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

In the past few days, you’ve heard a lot of talk about new spinal cord injury (SCI) treatments, the dangers of spinal cord injuries, and how more and more people are suffering each year from back and neck injuries. Only last week, there was a special report on WJLA about the subject, when a local man became paralyzed after falling off a roof.

Now, although you have no immediate plans to crawl around your roof, how at risk are you for a spinal cord injury?

Breakdown of Common Spinal Cord Injury Origins

There are many reasons and causes in which an SCI victim could have sustained his injuries. However, the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Care and Cure breaks down the five most common causes of spinal cord injuries, into the following estimated percentages of risk:

  • Vehicular accident trauma: 42.2 percent of all spinal cord injuries result from injuries sustained in collisions
  • Falling spinal trauma: 26.5 percent of all SCIs result from falling
  • Violence: 15.1 percent result from acts of violence such as shootings, beatings, knifings, and blunt force trauma
  • Sports-related injuries: 7.6 percent result from dangerous impact force exhibited during recreational and sports activities
  • Other/miscellaneous: 8.6 percent are attributed to unknown or miscellaneous factors not included in the above circumstances or are unable to be identified at the time of the incident

As long as it won’t send you into a panic attack, you may want to take these numbers to heart. Think about how often you drive your car, play a sport, or climb a ladder to fix a light bulb. Now, look at the percentage of people who did the exact same thing and wound up suffering dire consequences. It’s pretty scary stuff.

However, this doesn’t mean that you should never drive your car, or you should just sit in the dark because you’re never going to change another light bulb as long as you live. No. It just means that you need to take precautions when you put yourself and your family in situations where there is the potential for risk. Be careful, stay alert, and protect against catastrophic spinal cord injury accidents.

Make sure your family and friends are protected by sharing this page with them via Facebook or recommending it to them with Google Plus. You can also have them contact us directly to discuss any potential questions or concerns they may have about a recent accident. The consultation is free, so they have nothing to lose.

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