SLIC Categories Score
No abnormality 0
Compression 1
Burst 2
Distraction 3
Translation or rotation 4
Discoligamentous Complex
Intact 0
Indeterminate 1
Disrupted 2
Neurologic Status
Intact 0
Root injury 1
Complete cord injury 2
Incomplete cord injury 3
Incomplete cord injury with ongoing cord compression 4


SLIC Score Management
3 or less Non-surgical
4 Indeterminate
5 or more Surgical




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