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Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders System of Care

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Annual evaluations

All Veterans with a spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D) should have an SCI/D Annual Evaluation at a VA SCI/D Center. The SCI/D Annual Evaluation is important because it helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle and maximizes your independence. If you don’t live near an SCI/D Center, your local SCI/D team can help make a referral to a Center.

An SCI/D Annual Evaluation at one of our SCI/D Centers covers much more than a standard checkup. We provide a comprehensive SCI/D-related evaluation and help you make plans for staying healthy in the future.

What’s covered in our SCI/D Annual Evaluation?

SCI/D Annual Evaluations include:
  • A Comprehensive medical and physical examination, including a thorough neurological exam
  • Health maintenance and disease prevention. This might include vaccinations, blood pressure monitoring, blood glucose monitoring, lipid monitoring, and lab and diagnostic tests
  • An assessment for functional changes and for equipment replacement needs
  • An assessment of any psychological, social, or vocational needs
  • A review of medications and supplies
  • Additional services or referrals needed and planned
  • A discussion of new programming or events
  • A talk with your team about results and plan for follow-up