Risks for Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal CordSpinal cord injuries can affect anyone who is involved in an accident, though there are some elements that place certain individuals at a higher risk of sustaining this type of injury including:

  • Males: Men have a higher instance of spinal cord injuries than women who account for approximately 20 percent of spinal cord injury in the United States.
  • Age: The highest risk for spinal cord injury is individuals between the ages of 16 and 30 with the leading cause being motor vehicle accidents. Over the age of 65 most traumatic spinal cord injury occur in falls.
  • Bone and Joint Disorders: Bone and joint disorders like arthritis or osteoporosis can be a factor in spinal cord injuries when there is a minor injury that would not have the same effect with someone without the bone or joint disorder.
  • Sports and other Behavior: Playing sports without the proper safety equipment or diving into shallow water can result in spinal cord injuries.  Examples would include football players as those who are at risk targets for a back injury.

Sources:

Spinal Cord Injury Risk Factors & Causes, Prevention, Signs & Symptoms, Diagnosis: http://www.healthcommunities.com/spinal-cord-injury/causes.shtml

 

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