Potential levels of functional independence and equipment needs

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The information in this section has been adapted from the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine and Insurance and Care NSW (icare) publications.1,2 It is neither exhaustive nor prescriptive, and refers to complete injuries, rather than incomplete injuries.

As every person with a spinal cord injury will have different factors contributing to their functional requirements, they must be individually assessed. It is essential that each person is assessed in their own environment or in a replica of it.

Furthermore, the person is likely to require additional assistive technology for other activities and participation in life roles depending on their individual preferences and lifestyle choices.


For more information

  1. Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine. Outcomes following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Health Care Professionals [Internet]. Washington DC: Paralyzed Veterans of America; 1999 [cited 3 September 2020].
  2. Lukersmith, S (Ed.). Guidance on the support needs for adults with spinal cord injury. 3rd ed. Sydney: icare (Insurance and Care NSW); 2017. [cited 13 August 2020].
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