Short Tilte:Determining impairment following spinal cord injury
Journal:Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):99, 12, 3, 603-612
Article discusses issues involved in determining the ability of an individual with spinal cord injury (SCI) to return to work and his or her degree of impairment and disability. The determination of impairment and disability can be accomplished by general categorization of an individual's neurological and functional level. Secondary conditions occasionally arise which require a more functionally oriented and perhaps interdisciplinary evaluation to assess disability. On the other hand, an evaluation of handicap requires an understanding of the natural recovery and the common complications after SCI, and a more detailed knowledge of the field of vocational rehabilitation.