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Spinal Cord Injury

I am reading a very informative and interesting book about spinal cord injuries. The book is titled Spinal Cord Injury: Functional Rehabilitation. The author is Martha Freeman Somers with the Department of Physical Therapy, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. My wife, Codi, is an occupational therapist and this was one of her text books in OT school. I bet she never thought she would marry a man so nerdy that he would read her college text books. Some folks just luck out.

Back on point, this book is perfect if you want to learn about spinal cord injuries. It paints the picture of what it takes for spinal cord injured patients to get back to a functional life. I plan on blogging about different topics throughout the book over the upcoming weeks.

As an introduction, every year almost 10,000 people receive a spinal cord injury in the United States.[1] The causes for spinal cord injuries are below:[2]

  • 1. Motor vehicle accidents: 37.2%
  • 2. Acts of violence: 26.8%
  • 3. Falls: 21.0%
  • 4. Sports injuries: 7.1%
  • 5. Other causes: 7.9%

[1] National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.(1999). Spinal Cord Injury: Facts and Figures at a Glance. Available from:

[2] Id.

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