Support & Services For The Spinal Cord Injury & Disease Community

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Begins With You

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Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Begins With You

Your generosity has allowed us to promote spinal cord injury awareness, further our mission and expand valuable programs and services that truly make a difference.

Spinal cord injury awareness.


This past June our VetsFirst program helped secure passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. This new bipartisan bill is a significant reform that will help VA leadership to maintain a healthy workforce, thereby allowing it to more effectively fulfill its mission.


Our Peer Mentor Training program is going national; we have strengthened and expanded the program to now have over 300 trained Peer Mentors and have established 192 peer support groups across the country. This places us in a position to provide valuable tools and resources and empower greater and greater numbers of people living with spinal cord injuries to live healthier, more productive lives.


Our Spinal Cord Resource Center has experienced a 25 percent increase in cases this year due to system enhancements made to the membership enrollment process. These adjustments add a direct line of support for new members, increases our organization’s transparency, and allows us to connect with more people than ever before.

These are just a few highlights of the past year. Thank you again, for supporting our mission!

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Facts

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an injury to the spinal cord that results in temporary or permanent changes in the spinal cord’s normal motor, sensory, or autonomic function. People who sustain a spinal cord injury often have permanent and profound neurologic deficits and accompanying paralysis.

  • There are approximately 285,000 people in the U.S. living with SCI in 2017.
  • There are approximately 17,500 new SCI cases in the U.S. each year.
  • The average age at injury has increased from 29 years during the 1970s to 42 years currently.
  • Males account for about 81% of new SCI cases.
  • Vehicle crashes are currently the leading cause of SCI (38.4%), followed by falls, acts of violence, and sports/recreation activities.
  • About 30% of people with SCI are re-hospitalized one or more times during any given year following injury.
  • SCI costs roughly $40.5 billion annually
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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.
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Ask Us

United Spinal’s Ask Us program connects you with information, resources, and access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Central” help center. Browse the Knowledge Books below for answers to your questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for just Ask Us and one of our knowledgeable staff will provide you with answers.