What is the prevalence of spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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The incidence of spinal cord injury in the United States is approximately 40 cases per million population, or about 12,000 patients, per year based on data in the National Spinal Cord Injury database. [11] However, this estimate is based on older data from the 1990s as there has not been any new overall incidence studies completed. [11] Estimates from various studies suggest that the number of people in the United States alive in 2010 with spinal cord injury was about 265,000 persons (range, 232,000-316,000). [11]

Spinal cord injuries occur most frequently in July and least commonly in February. The most common day on which these injuries occur is Saturday. Spinal cord injuries also occur more frequently during daylight hours, which may be due to the increased frequency of motor vehicle accidents and of diving and other recreational sporting accidents during the day.


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