Paralysis Facts & Figures
According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million people. That's the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And that number is nearly 33% higher than previous estimates showed.
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Prevalence and Demographics
The Reeve Foundation's One Degree of Separation: Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury in the United States shows over a million more people in the U.S are living with paralysis than previously estimated, and five times more people living with spinal cord injury.
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Costs of Living with Spinal Cord Injury
The costs of living with SCI can be considerable, and vary greatly due to the severity of injury. The following facts are according to The University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.