What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?
Damage to the spinal cord can occur in a variety of ways, although the most common cause is due to external trauma. While not nearly as common, non-traumatic injury to the spinal cord is a possibility from causes such as tumors, blood loss, or a stenosis. Spinal cord injuries tend to affect more men than women, and the majority of people who sustain a spinal cord injury are between the ages of 16 and 30 because of increased likelihood of risky behaviors.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury (2016)
- Vehicular / Automobile Accidents 38%
- Falls 30.5%
- Violence (Primarily From Gunshot Wounds) 13.5%
- Sports Injury 9%
- Medical / Surgical Complications 5%
- Miscellaneous / Other Causes 4%
Non Traumatic Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
While non-traumatic spinal cord injuries are not nearly as prevalent as traumatic spinal cord injury, they still can cause damage to the spinal cord. Some causes may include:
- Cancer Osteoporosis / Spinal Tumors
- Multiple sclerosis
- Inflammation of the spinal cord
- Spinal Stenosis
- Blood Loss
To learn more about spinal cord injury, visit our learn about spinal cord injury page.