The number of annual cases of injuries to children and adolescents associated with the use of mobility aids, such as crutches and wheelchairs, increased by 23% between 1991 and 2008, according to U.S. researchers. They also found that lacerations were the most common injury among young people, and traumatic brain injury and hospital stays were more likely to occur in patients who had wheelchair- and walker-related injuries than those who had injuries linked to crutches.

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