A higher number of individuals are living with paralysis than doctors believed.
Wired PR News – More individuals are purportedly currently living with paralysis in the United States than doctors previously believed. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), new research suggests an estimated 5.5 million people are dealing with some type of paralysis, but many cannot afford necessary health care.
As noted in the report, the research shows that many with spinal cord injuries that are less extensive than those that cause full body paralysis have largely gone uncounted. The study also states that some are living for longer periods with paralysis and face additional complications related to aging along with their condition. Poverty is another issue many who’ve been left disabled from spinal cord injuries face in large numbers.
The findings will reportedly aid health care officials in assessing the extent of the needs for the population.