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Levels of Injury

Universal Preconceived Notions
C1 to C3 Injuries

Functional Movement

  • No movement in the arms or legs
  • Very little movement in the neck and head (C3)

Respiratory Care

  • Ventilator dependent for breathing
  • Difficulty speaking clearly and loudly


  • Can operate a power wheelchair with mouthsticks, chin controls, sip and puff, tongue controls, and possibly head controls
  • Power tilt recommended for pressure relief

Daily Living

  • Fully dependent on caregivers for everything
  • Technology can substitutes many functional losses

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