Spinal Cord Injury Recommendations

Spinal Cord Injury Recommendations

Recommendations for Clinical Assessment and Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

  • ASIA Impairment Scale (AIS) described by the American Spinal Cord Injury Association (ASIA) is recommended as the preferred clinical evaluation tool for acute neurological assessment in patients with spinal cord injury.
  • The Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM III), may be preferred to assess the functional abilities and impairment in the follow up of patients with chronic spinal cord injury.
  • The International Spinal Cord Injury Basic Pain Data Set (ISCIBPDS) may be the preferred scale to evaluate the pain on the chronically injured patient.

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