Traumatic spinal cord injury in Arkansas, 1980 to 1989

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1993 Oct;74(10):1035-40. doi: 10.1016/0003-9993(93)90058-i.


To develop and implement target prevention strategies, we studied the causes of spinal cord injuries in Arkansas and the groups most affected by SCI. Any Arkansas resident with a spinal cord injury who satisfied the state registry criteria was defined as a subject. Transportation-related incidents caused 319 (49.5%) of the SCIs. Males 15 to 24 years of age experienced the highest incidence of SCI because of transportation and sport-related injuries. The rate of SCI from falls was 2.8 times higher for people 65 years of age and older than for people 64 years of age and younger. Minority males 15 to 44 years of age were at the greatest risk of violence-related SCIs. More intervention is needed in the areas of transportation and sport-related causes involving males 15 to 24 years of age, fall-related causes involving the elderly, and violence-related causes involving minority males 15 to 44 years of age.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Arkansas / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Distribution
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / etiology