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Heather Cole

Hmm. Maybe I’m looking at something else? I tried to attach a screenshot but that didn’t work. I cut and paste from the screen instead. It says D is the right answer. Is this the same thing you have for case 9?

2. A 38-year-old male presents to outpatient physical therapy 6 months after sustaining a gunshot wound that resulted in a spinal cord injury. He is independent with all transfers and drives with hand controls. He uses a manual wheelchair as his primary means of mobility, although he can walk up to 20 feet with a walker and no orthoses. The patient’s primary goal is to improve his gait mechanics and endurance to reduce reliance on his wheelchair.

What is the patient’s ASIA Impairment Scale (AIS) grade?

a. A
b. B
c. C
d. D
At least half of the key muscle functions below the neurologic level of injury have a muscle grade ≥3/5. There are 10 muscle grades in the lower extremities (L2-S1 bilaterally), and 5 of these are graded as at least 3/5 (right L2, right L3, left L2, left L3, left L4).