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ASIA Impairment Scale

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ASIA Impairment Scale

The ASIA impairment scale classifies motor and sensory impairment that results from a Spinal Cord Injury.  It divides spinal cord injuries into 5 categories, A-E, with optional clinical syndromes.

The ASIA Impairment scale is another helpful guide to understanding an injury, It was developed by doctors at the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) to categorize the extent of an injury in terms of the degree of damage to the spinal cord.

If the injury is “complete,” (ASIA A) it means that no messages can travel across the location of the injury to the brain. However, “incomplete” injuries, which mean that some messages can still get through, are classified as ASIA B, ASIA C or ASIA D, depending on amount of movement and feeling that remain below the level of the injury.

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