Facts on spinal cord injuries in the U.S. 2018

This statistic presents an overview with basic facts on spinal cord injuries in the U.S. as of 2018. Of those with spinal cord injuries, an average of 30 percent are re-hospitalized one or more times during any given year. At the end of 2018 there were approximately 291,000 people in the U.S. who had a spinal cord injury.

Overview of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. as of 2018

Spinal cord information
Spinal cord injury incidence rate (per million population)54
Spinal cord injuries per year17,730
Number of people with spinal cord injuries291,000
Average age at spinal cord injury43
Average length of stay in hospital acute care unit (days)11
Average rehabilitation length of stay (days)31
Percent of injured who are re-hospitalized in any given year30
Average re-hospitalization length of stay (days)19
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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

As of 2018

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