Functional Outcomes and Mobility

  • Hyun-Yoon Ko


The functional goal of patients with spinal cord injuries may be influenced by various factors such as age and comorbidity, degree of spasticity, and sociopsychological factors but is largely determined by the neurological level of injury and severity of injury, particularly the state of motor function. Neurological function, particularly motor function, is the main determinant of overall functional outcomes after spinal cord injury. Additional factors such as age, pain, spasticity, comorbid conditions, body habits, and environmental and psychosocial factors can also affect function and play an important role in determining functional outcomes. It should be recognized that these outcomes reflect the level of independence that can be achieved under optimal conditions without considering other personal and environmental factors that can be applied to individual patients.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyun-Yoon Ko
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  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineRehabilitation Hospital, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Pusan National University School of MedicineYangsanSouth Korea

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