Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) awareness ribbon color is lime green, and the month of September is U.S. National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. U.S. Congress recently acted to bring attention to spinal cord injury (SCI), passing a resolution making September National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.
Quick Facts: SCI and Future Treatment
Today, improved emergency care for people with spinal cord injuries, antibiotics to treat infections, and aggressive rehabilitation can minimize damage to the nervous system and restore function to varying degrees. Advances in research are giving doctors and people living with SCI hope that spinal cord injuries will eventually be repairable. With new surgical techniques and developments in spinal nerve regeneration, cell replacement, neuro-protection, and neuro-rehabilitation, the future for spinal cord injury survivors looks brighter than ever.
In human research, Duke University's Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., revealed groundbreaking details on a brain-machine interface that helps paralyzed patients walk again.
A systematic survey of the scientific literature shows that stem cell therapy can have a statistically significant impact on animal models of spinal cord injury, and points the way for future studies.
Statistics: U.S. Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injury Facts
- In the United States there are about 700,000 persons with a disability involving their spinal cord. The disabilities these people have include Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, Poliomyelitis, Spina Bifida, Syningomelia, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
- Somewhere in America a person sustains a spinal cord injury every forty-one minutes. Approximately eleven-thousand people in America experience a spinal cord injury every year.
- The first year after a person experiences a spinal cord injury is the most expensive medically, costing from $209,000 to $710,000. Each year afterward, medical expenses may range from $14,000 to $127,000 depending on the individual. For a person who has sustained a SCI at age twenty-five, lifetime medical costs may range from $624,000 to $2.8 million.
- Approximately 400,000 people in America have Multiple Sclerosis (MS)). Ten-thousand people face a diagnosis of MS each year. MS is a progressive disease which attacks the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells in a person's nervous system, blocking transmission of motor signals to their limbs. For unknown reasons, MS affects two to three times as many women as it does men.
- Approximately 70,000 people are living in America with Spina Bifida at this time. Spina Bifida is a neural tube birth defect that causes the spinal column in the person to close incompletely. There are various forms of Spina Bifida.
- Approximately 5,600 people in America are diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS every year. The incidence of ALS is two-thirds as high as that of MS, and five-times as high as that of Huntington's disease. About 30,000 Americans have ALS, which affects persons of any race or ethnic background.
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