Etiology of SCI

Prior to 2000, falls (29.6%) were the leading cause of SCI in the population served by the RSCICDV, followed by automobile crashes (24.9%) and acts of violence (20.7%). In the past two five-year cycles (2000 to 2005 and 2006 to 2010), the proportion of SCI due to falls has significantly increased to (37.4% and 42.0% respectively), which appears to correlate with an increase in age at injury and is similar to national statistics. Conversely, acts of violence (20.7% versus 13.9% and 12.8%) and diving accidents (6.9% versus 3.4% and 2.8%) have declined in the last 2 five-year cycles.

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