How Common Are Spinal Cord Injuries?

Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs, are far more common than most people believe.  When you include all the possible types of SCIs, spinal cord injuries become some of the more common long-term injuries sustained in vehicle crashes, falls, and other accidents.

A spinal cord injury is defined as any type of injury affecting the spinal nerves, including the grouping known as the cauda equina at the base of the spine.  SCIs typically cause permanent damage that may be managed but not cured, although some types of injuries are treatable.  Spinal cord injuries lead to physical, emotional and social problems that affect all aspects of a victim’s life.

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