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Quadriplegia and Paraplegia Information and Infographic

  • Published: 2013-05-17 (Revised/Updated 2017-06-25) : Back Pain Relief (BackPainrelief.NET).
  • Synopsis: Infographic contains information regarding the difference between Quadriplegia and Paraplegia including vertebra and spinal functions

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Quote: "Only 52% of SCI individuals are covered by private health insurance at the time of injury"

SCI 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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Paraplegia - Quadriplegia Information

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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 Information:

  1. 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.
  2. Back Injuries from Car Accidents - Types of back injuries associated with car accidents including compensation claims and medical costs - (Published 2011-07-17).
  3. 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).

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