Functional Outcomes in Spinal Cord Injuries
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer. The biggest question often posed is whether or not the patient will walk again. In general, the level of spinal cord injury and the ASIA impairment scale predict functional outcomes. Factors like other illnesses often affect the functional outcome of the patient.
Shortened length of stays in the hospital and rehab facility have impacted rehabilitation medicine. The average length of stay in the acute hospital has decreased from 25 days in 1973 to 19 days in 2002. In the same time, the length of stay in a rehab facility has decreased from 122 days to only 46 days.