February 3, 2014

Beat Out Car Accidents

1 Falls Are Now Top Cause of Spinal Injuries

Falls, especially those suffered by seniors, are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the U.S., topping those from traffic accidents, finds a study from the Int’l. Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Kennedy Krieger Institute. Spinal cord injuries are on the rise; researchers say programs to prevent falls in the elderly can significantly reduce this trend. They analyzed data from 43,000+ adults with spinal injuries who were treated in ERs between 2007-2009 and saw that the rate of spinal injuries among seniors rose from 79 people per million to 88 per million during that time. Falls accounted for 41.5% of spinal cord injuries during the study period and traffic crashes accounted for 35.5%. Seniors with spinal cord injuries are 4 times more likely to die in the ER than younger patients.

More at Www.consumer.healthday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Dance Therapy Reduces Seniors' Risk of Falling

Tags: Car Accidents, Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland, Spinal Cord Injuries, Falls, Falls by Seniors, Spinal Cord Injury Rates, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury

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