National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Before we head out of September, we'd like to take a moment to remember it is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. There are some amazing organizations out there that support the amazing community who have been affected by SCIs. 

For visitors to our page who are less familiar with Spinal Cord Injuries, here are some facts from to get you up to speed:

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Facts

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an injury to the spinal cord that results in temporary or permanent changes in the spinal cord’s normal motor, sensory, or autonomic function. People who sustain a spinal cord injury often have permanent and profound neurologic deficits and accompanying paralysis.
  • There are approximately 285,000 people in the U.S. living with SCI in 2017.
  • There are approximately 17,500 new SCI cases in the U.S. each year.
  • The average age at injury has increased from 29 years during the 1970s to 42 years currently.
  • Males account for about 81% of new SCI cases.
  • Vehicle crashes are currently the leading cause of SCI (38.4%), followed by falls, acts of violence, and sports/recreation activities.
  • About 30% of people with SCI are re-hospitalized one or more times during any given year following injury.
  • SCI costs roughly $40.5 billion annually

Here are some more great organizations with information, research and programs on SCIs:

United Spinal Association

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Triumph Foundation

We are privileged to know some amazing people with an SCI who are just...amazing people. 

Those of you who we haven't gotten to meet yet: we'd love to see you at our Sherman Oaks Showroom, our Pacioma repair center, or at the 2018 Abilities Expo in Los Angeles!  

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