Myelopathy Disability Index

Scoring system

Each of the 10 items can be scored as:
  • without ANY difficulty (0 points)
  • with SOME difficulty (1 point)
  • with MUCH difficulty / assistance required (2 points)
  • unable to do (3 points)
  • Rising are you able to:

  • Stand up from an armless straight chair?
  • Get in and out of bed?
  • Eating are you able to:

  • Cut your meat?
  • Lift a full cup or glass to your mouth?
  • Walking are you able to:

  • Walk outdoors on flat ground?
  • Climb up five steps?
  • Hygiene are you able to:

  • Wash and dry your entire body?
  • Get on and off the toilet?
  • Grip are you able to:

  • Open jars which have been previously opened?
  • Activities are you able to:

  • Get in and out of a car?
  • Calculation

    Total score is the sum of all items (range 0-30). The final score is expessed as a percentage.


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