According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, as many as 450,000 people in the United States are living with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Other organizations conservatively estimate this figure to be about 250,000. Every year, an estimated 11,000 SCIs occur in the United States. Most of these are caused by trauma to the vertebral column, thereby affecting the spinal cord's ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body's systems that control sensory, motor and autonomic function below the level of injury.

 According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), SCI costs the nation an estimated $9.7 billion each year. Pressure sores alone, a common secondary condition among people with SCI, cost an estimated $1.2 billion.

Spinal Cord Injury Overview

  • Incidence

  • The Spinal Cord

  • Penetrating SCI

  • Diagnosis

  • Complete SCI

  • Incomplete SCI

  • Types and Levels of SCI

  • Neurological Improvement

  • Surgery

  • Clinical Evaluation

  • Radiological Evaluation

  • Mortality

  • Treatment

  • Typical Outcome

  • Signs and Symptoms of Possible SCI

  • Prevention

  • Intensive Care Unit Treatment

  • Steroid Therapy

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