Predicting Walking at Discharge From Inpatient Rehabilitation After a Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Elizabeth D. Kay, Anne Frances Deutsch*, Lisa Ann Wuermser

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Abstract

Kay ED, Deutsch A, Wuermser LA. Predicting walking at discharge from inpatient rehabilitation after a traumatic spinal cord injury. Objective: To investigate how injury level and American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS) grade at rehabilitation admission are related to walking at discharge after traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Design: Retrospective study. Setting: Comprehensive rehabilitation hospital. Participants: A total of 343 adult inpatients with traumatic SCI. Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measure: FIM instrument walking rating of 3 (moderate assistance) or higher at discharge. Results: Significantly more subjects admitted with AIS grade C (28.3%) than AIS grade A or B injuries (0.9%) walked at discharge. Significantly more subjects admitted with AIS grade D (67.2%) than AIS grade C (28.3%) injuries walked at discharge. Level of injury did not significantly affect walking after AIS grade C or D injuries. Being 50 years or older had a significant negative affect on walking in subjects with AIS grade D but not AIS grade C injuries. Conclusions: Admission AIS grades give information about walking for treatment and discharge planning during acute inpatient rehabilitation, including the following: (1) patients admitted with AIS grade C injuries should not be considered functionally complete when predicting walking (FIM score ≥3; no more than moderate assistance) at discharge, (2) level of injury does not affect walking for those with AIS grade C or D injuries, and (3) being 50 years or older has a significant negative affect on walking in subjects with AIS grade D but not AIS grade C injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-750
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Volume88
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Paraplegia
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Tetraplegia
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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