The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center has created this free tool to provide an estimate for the life expectancy of a person with spinal cord injury who is at least 2 years post-spinal cord injury, has access to good quality healthcare, is not on a ventilator, and has not regained all normal feeling and movement (a person with normal function is considered to have the same life expectancy as the general population)
What is the person’s current age?      
Is the person male or female?
Please answer next 3 questions about the person’s injury. When answering these questions, it is important to note that many people are first diagnosed with a level of injury (example: C5) and regain function over the following months to a lower level of injury (example: C6). Please answer these questions based on what level is regained following injury. If this current information is unknown, it may be helpful to review the Motor Exam Guide  and Sensory Exam Guide , which are part of the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury
What was the cause of the spinal cord injury?

What is the current level of the spinal cord injury?

What is the current completeness of the spinal cord injury, graded by the American Spinal Cord Injury Impairment Scale (AIS)?


 

 
 

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