Which patient group is most likely to be indoor walkers after spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Patients younger than 65 years with muscle grade of 3 or greater in the myotome L3 and S1, and light touch sensation in the dermatome L3 and S1 within 15 days of injury (all within American Spinal Injury Association [ASIA] impairment scale D), are more likely to be independent indoor walkers within a year of injury. [25] Rehabilitation goals in this group should therefore be geared toward functional capacity and within expected independent walking.


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