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One Degree of Separation:
Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury in the United States

Average Age

  • The average age of those who reported being paralyzed was 52.
  • The average age of those who reported being paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury was 48.

    Age Distribution for Respondents Indicating They are Paralyzed


    Age Distribution for Respondents Indicating They Have a Spinal Cord Injury

    Average Length of Time Since Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury

    • The average length of time since the paralysis occurred was 15.6 years.
    • The average length of time since the spinal cord injury occurred was 14 years.

    Years Since Onset of Paralysis


    Years Since Onset of Spinal Cord Injury

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