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Are the Number of Spinal Cord Injuries Increasing for the Elderly?

The total number of spinal cord injuries in the United States has remained more or less the same over the past few decades. However, that data can be deceiving, according to a study conducted at Vanderbilt University. According to their findings, a lot of changes lurk beneath those seemingly unchanged statistics. The important thing to consider is who exactly is sustaining these catastrophic injuries, and what accidents are causing them. Research indicates that spinal cord injuries have been increasing among the elderly at the same time that they have been decreasing among the younger population. In the decade between 1993 and 2012, the rate of spinal cord injury for young people (ages 16-24) dropped by almost 40 percent. However, during that same time, the number of spine injuries among the elderly increased by a little over 40 percent. The reason, according to researchers, is that the leading cause for spinal…
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