Prevalence of secondary conditions in veterans with spinal cord injury and their interference with life activities

G. M. Prysak, E. M. Andresen, A. R. Meyers

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Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) have an increased risk of secondary conditions. In our study of 91 midwestern veterans with SCI, spasms were the most common secondary condition (70.3%) over 12 months and had the highest percentage of chronic frequency (93.8%). Other secondary conditions reported by at least 50% of participants were repetitive stress injury (51.6%) and fatigue (50.5%). When veterans reported secondary conditions, bowel problems and respiratory infections ranked highest for their interference with important activities. Prevention of secondary conditions is important to participation, which conforms to the new international classification of functioning and disability (ICIDH-2) model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalTopics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000



  • Quality of life
  • Secondary conditions
  • Spinal cord injury [complications]

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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