Category Archives: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Quadriplegia and Paraplegia Information and Infographic

Source: BackPainrelief.NET
Published: May 17, 2013 (Revised: Jun 14, 2013)

Abstract: Infographic contains information regarding the difference between Quadriplegia and Paraplegia including vertebra and spinal functions.
“Only 52% of SCI individuals are covered by private health insurance at the time of injury”

Detail: The infographic below contains information regarding the difference between Quadriplegia and Paraplegia, including vertebra and spinal functions.
Additional Facts::

Paraplegia – Paralysis from the waist down

Quadriplegia – Paralysis from the shoulders down

Complete Injuries – Result in the total loss of sensation and function below he injury level

Incomplete Injuries – Result in partial loss of sensation and function below the injury level

There are 32 injuries per million population or 7800 injuries in the US yearly
An estimated additional 20 cases per million (4860 per year) die before reaching the hospital
89.3% of all persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) who are discharged from the system are sent to private, non-institutional residence
6.6% are discharged to nursing home
The rest are discharged to hospitals, group living situations and other destinations
Only 0.9% of Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) fully recover
Average yearly expense for spinal cord injuries can range from $228,566 to $775,576 in the first year
Estimated lifetime costs due to spinal cord injury can range from $681,843 to over $3 million for a 25 year old
Only 52% of SCI individuals are covered by private health insurance at the time of injury

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Causes of Paraplegia and Quadriplegia

48% motor vehicles
21% falls
15% violence
14% sports (66% which are diving related)
2% others
Race and Ethnicity

66% of those injured are Caucasian
26.2% are African American
2.1% are Asian
0.9% are Native American
Age and Gender Statistics

82% of those injured are male
18% are female
Highest per capita rate of injuries occurs between the ages of 16-30
Average age at injury is 33.4
Median age at injury 26
Mode age at injury 19
Falls overtake leading cause after the age of 45

Marital Status at Injury

53% single
31% married
9% divorced
7% other

Employment Status

58.8% employed
41.2% unemployed (includes students, retirees and homemakers)
After 8 years 34.4% of paraplegics and 24.3% of quadriplegics were still employed





Related Topics
This information is from the Disabled World Disability Information Section – Other relevant documents include:
Human Spinal Cord Picture C1 to S5 Vertebra – The human spinal cord, part of the central nervous system, is generally around 17 inches long, and extends from the brain to the lower back.

Disability in America Infographic – Infographic examines the subject of disability in America and highlights some of the obstacles that disabled Americans face on a daily basis – (Published 2011-12-01).
Back Injuries from Car Accidents – Types of back injuries associated with car accidents including compensation claims and medical costs – (Published 2011-07-17).

Hemiplegia Definition and Information – Hemiplegia is a condition which affects one side of the body only – hemi comes from the Greek word meaning half – (Published 2012-01-24).
Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) – Facts and Information – Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) a degenerative genetic disorder with stiffness and weakness of leg and hip muscles gait difficulties and issues with walking – (Published 2010-04-15)

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