Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Members & Publications


September 1, 2016

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness MonthEvery 48 seconds in our country, a person becomes paralyzed. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, and sports injuries. 3

Sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month aims to emphasize the state of health care and treatment for people with spinal cord injuries, highlight the advances that have yet to be made, and honor those living with a spinal cord injury. 4

Spinal Cord Injury Fast Facts:

  • There are approximately 12,500 new spinal cord injuries (SCI) each year. 2
  • The number of people in the United States in 2014 who have SCI has been estimated to be approximately 276,000 persons. 2
  • The average age at injury has increased from 29 years during the 1970s to 42 years since 2010. 2
  • Approximately 79% of spinal cord injuries occur among males. 2

Learn more by utilizing your Academy’s resources. We have PM&R Journal articles, an online review course, articles on PM&R Knowledge NOW®, and more!

Spinal Cord Injury Activities on mē®:


  1. https://www.cpspain.com/pain-awareness-month/
  2. http://www.unitedspinal.org/
  3. http://www.spinalcord.org/
  4. http://www.pva.org/
  5. http://www.painphysicians.com/


Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.