WHAT IS ASIA Impairment Scale A?

Grade A: The impairment is complete. There is no motor or sensory function left below the level of injury. Grade B: The impairment is incomplete.

What is Asia C spinal cord injury?

ASIA C = Motor Incomplete. Motor function is preserved below the neurological level, and more than half of key muscle functions below the single neurological level of injury have a muscle grade less than 3.

What does C5 injury mean?

C5 injury. Person can raise his or her arms and bend elbows. Likely to have some or total paralysis of wrists, hands, trunk and legs. Can speak and use diaphragm, but breathing will be weakened.

What is a grade A spinal cord injury?

A complete spinal cord injury is defined as the absence of all motor and sensory functions, including sacral roots, distal to the site of injury. These injuries are designated as being Grade A on the AIS.

What are the levels of spinal cord injury?

There are four sections of the spinal cord that impact the level of spinal cord injury: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral.

What is a good ASIA score?

A normal unilateral sensory examination consists of 28 dermatomes each with 2/2 points for light touch and 2/2 points for pinprick, yielding 112 total points. A total score of 224 bilaterally is a fully normal sensory examination.

What is Asia assessment?

This is a system of tests used to define and describe the extent and severity of a patient’s spinal cord injury and help determine future rehabilitation and recovery needs. It is ideally completed within 72 hours after the initial injury.

How serious is a C5 injury?

A C5 spinal cord injury is the second most common level of SCI, making up about 15% of all SCIs. Damage to the C5 spinal cord often results in paralysis of both the upper and lower body, otherwise known as quadriplegia.

Can you walk again after a C5 spinal cord injury?

Fortunately, it is possible for many SCI survivors. There is potential to walk again after SCI because the spinal cord has the ability to reorganize itself and make adaptive changes called neuroplasticity.

Can spinal cord repair itself?

Unlike tissue in the peripheral nervous system, that in the central nervous system (the spinal cord and brain) does not repair itself effectively.