Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for complete cross-section of lesions at the level of the thoracic spine - (Protocol) Spinal cord injuries, fortunately, have a relatively low incidence. Nevertheless, it is true that in active working life for the most part victims off guard and represents a catastrophic cut in the social and financial life. It is estimated (depending on the source) that globally between 250,000 to 500,000 people each year an injury, spinal cord, the involved suffer. The global prevalence width is given between 236 to 4,187 / million. In Austria there are around 200 people / year which injured spinal cord. Primarily, it is followed by sports injuries and fall from a height to traffic accidents. young men are affected predominantly (male: female = 3: 1) with an average age of 25 years at the time of the injury. More..