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What is the ASIA Classification System?

After injury, many people are frequently told that they have been classified as ASIA A, B, C, or D. What is the meaning of this classification. ASIA stands for the American Spinal Injury Association. The members of this association encompasses physicians who take care of approximately 70% of people with spinal cord injury in the United States and Canada.

About a decade ago, they defined a standardized classification of spinal cord injury severity and level, including how to document severity and level by motor and sensory examination of people with spinal cord. The ASIA classification system has been endorsed and accepted by the IMSOP (International Medical Society of Paraplegia) who represent a large number of spinal cord injury physicians world-wide. For this reason, the system is frequently called the International Spinal Cord Classification System. Download available!

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