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What are wheelchair transfers after a spinal cord injury?

What are wheelchair transfers after a spinal cord injury?

See answer below: Wheelchair transfers refer to transfers that a person with a spinal cord injury who is using a wheelchair must perform when going from the wheelchair to a bed, to a couch, to a car, to a shower bench, and back into the wheelchair. Sliding boards are initially used to make the transfers easier. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Injuries (Definition)

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I had a L4-L5 left hemilaminectomy. 6 mo post-op MRI "Residual or recurrent moderate focal L subarticular protrusion-extrusion". Have L-radiculopathy.

I had a L4-L5 left hemilaminectomy. 6 mo post-op MRI "Residual or recurrent moderate focal L subarticular protrusion-extrusion". Have L-radiculopathy.

Seems likely: Seems from what you say there is disc in the left nerve path. Not that this doesn't happen it does and fairly frequently. Sometimes even scar tissue can be guilty of these symptoms as well. Talk to your surgeon about further treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

What are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

Numbness, paralysis: Spinal cord injury affects the function of things below the site of the injury. There is a direct relationship between the spot on the cord damaged and changes below that point. So, the higher up the injury, the more damage is noted. This can be leg numbness or paralysis, the same for arms and if the neck is involved, breathing may be affected. ...Read more

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Post fusion 2009: now l4-5 right facet joint arthrosis, severe neural foriminal stenosis with some compression. Surgery needed?

Post fusion 2009: now l4-5 right facet joint arthrosis, severe neural foriminal stenosis with some compression.  Surgery needed?

Need for 2nd O.R.: Adjacent level changes are common after fusion surgery. Conservative treatment is still warranted like therapy, body mechanics, and facet ( joint) injections, but surgery may be an appropriate option at the appropriate time. ...Read more

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Mri- c5-6 there is apparent central bony bar abutting the ventral cervical cord. What does this mean?

Mri- c5-6 there is apparent central bony bar abutting the ventral cervical cord. What does this mean?

May mean nothing : The bar is a bone spur. Caused by disc degeneration at that level. It is a common finding and may not mean anything clinically. The important question is whether or not there is actual spinal cord compression. Per your question, it sounds as if the spinal canal is narrowed a bit (stenosis), but there is not any spinal cord compression. Frequently, pt and traction can be of benefit. ...Read more

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X-ray results showed- advanced L5-S1 degenerative disc disease, moderate facet in lower lumbar spine, L5-S1 4mm retrolistnesis and moderate sclerosis ?

X-ray results showed- advanced L5-S1 degenerative disc disease, moderate facet in lower lumbar spine, L5-S1 4mm retrolistnesis and moderate sclerosis ?

Worn down: L5-S1 is the lowest motion segment in the spine. The MRI shows that level has become "worn down" leading to degeneration of the disc and the facet joints, sclerosis, and a slight slippage (retro listless) of one vertebrae on the other. Don't hesitate to be seen. Many good treatment options available. ...Read more

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Would spinal cord stimulation help block pain caused by peripheral neuropathy in the feet?

Would spinal cord stimulation help block pain caused by peripheral neuropathy in the feet?

Quite possibly: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used successfully in Neuropathic pain of peripheral nervous system origin. Neuropathic pain is a common healthcare problem with some patients who are refractory to standard treatment guidelines or burdened with the side effects of such treatments. SCS offers a clinical and cost-effective treatment at lower lifetime healthcare cost with better long-term outcomes. ...Read more

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What does this mean? L-5 s-1 there is central disc protrusion which contacts the thecal sac and bilateral facet degenerative change thickening flavum

What does this mean? L-5 s-1 there is central disc protrusion which contacts the thecal sac and bilateral facet degenerative change thickening flavum

Disc & Facet Issues: Looks like by the verbage you gave, your MRI suggests that you have disc herniation at L5/S1. "Central" just means in the middle of the spinal canal,"bilateral facet degenerative change thickening flavum" suggests arthritis of the facet joint and the ligament that protects the spine is thickened due to that arthritis. Protrusion is just another name for a herniation. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with genitofemoral neuralgia as a result of spermatic cord denervation procedure. Lots of pain and numbness. Would neurectomy help?

Diagnosed with genitofemoral neuralgia as a result of spermatic cord denervation procedure. Lots of pain and numbness. Would neurectomy help?

Challenging: Have found that these kinds of problems may deteriorate further following additional procedures, and better to try drugs such as Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta, with physical therapy, and exercise. A medical food called MetanX twice daily may provide benefit over several months. A local nerve block or even a sympathetic block may be tried. Would delay neurectomy. ...Read more

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Spinal epidural block forpeople with disc extrusion?

Spinal epidural block forpeople with  disc extrusion?

Yes: It can be given in this situation but often times not preferable. The reason being, if the disc situation were to worsen during procedure positioning(ie, someone developes a neurologic deficit) it would be unclear as to what caused the deficit-the epidural or the disc. A laboring pregnant woman may receive an epidural, but the above situation and risks must be understood by patient. ...Read more

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10 months numbness in left leg physical therapy said coming from neon in brain, mri show white matter in pon. seeing neurology in big city help?

10 months numbness in left leg physical therapy said coming from neon in brain, mri show white matter in pon. seeing neurology in big city help?

Unclear question: It isn't clear if there is a question here; it appears that a neurologist is being consulted, which is the appropriate next step if there is a lesion discovered on MRI. ...Read more

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Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve.  After having a mri  and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6.  Surgery next option?

Cervical spine surge: Surgery should be your last option. More than 90% of damaged discs heal by themselves over time. For ongoing nerve pain and neck pain , you should get a cervical epidural steroid injection done by a qualified and experienced pain physician under x-ray guidance. Also start physical therapy as soon as you can to relieve muscular spasm. ...Read more

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Two disc herniations 1 pinching C8 ddd canal stenosis and severe carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. Which is causing severe hand numbness 3yrs ?

Two disc herniations 1 pinching C8 ddd canal stenosis and severe carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. Which is causing severe hand numbness 3yrs ?

Likely carpal tunnel: Both have overlap within the hands depending upon the distribution. MRI is necessary of cervical spine and in many cases if distribution is not distinct, further an EMG/Nerve conduction study to delineate. In most cases however, it is more likely the carpal tunnel is the culprit. Consultation/examination by a neurosurgeon would be most appropriate for diagnosis. ...Read more

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My mother has got detected spine TB in d9-10 IV disc. What does this mean?

My mother has got detected spine TB in d9-10 IV disc. What does this mean?

TB discitis: Not really sure if you received the correct diagnosis... but if she has truly Tuberculosis Infection of the spine (possibly Thoracic T9-10??), that is a tough thing to live with. She needs to have anti-TB medication (combination of antibiotics) and sometimes an operation, although most of us try to stay away from that as long as the patient is neurologically intact (meaning, fully nerve function) ...Read more

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Local back pain from lifting weights. X-rays lumbar/pelvis/SI joint. Mild Ensteophyte formation at illiac crests. is this common? follow up needed?

Local back pain from lifting weights. X-rays lumbar/pelvis/SI joint. Mild Ensteophyte formation at illiac crests. is this common? follow up needed?

Osteophytes are spurs: Osteophytes are bone spurs and accumulate with life and uncertain how much they are contributing to you back pain which can occur for lots of reasons - bone, disc, muscle, tendon, bursa etc. I suspect you had the osteophytes way before you were lifting weights. You need an evaluation for the reason you have back pain. ...Read more

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1 month post op(microdiscectomy),which daily activities are dangerous to do,can doing phisical therapy cause reherniation...so scared?

1 month post op(microdiscectomy),which daily activities are dangerous to do,can doing phisical therapy cause reherniation...so scared?

Avoid heavy lifting: After this type of surgery you want to follow the directions of your surgeon. You should avoid heavy lifting and jumping or doing any activity that can cause a large increase in pressure on your back. Physical therapists are trained to help with pain and to assist with recovery. They will be very careful not to cause harm. Just follow their directions for home activities. ...Read more

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L3-l5 no disk disease, minor degenerative facet change, no impingement. L5-s1 no disk disease, bilateral degenerative facet change no impingement. Mean?

L3-l5 no disk disease, minor degenerative facet change, no impingement. L5-s1 no disk disease, bilateral degenerative facet change no impingement. Mean?

Back pain: You are describing low back arthritis in terms of an MRI of the lumbar spine. Low back pain can be generated from degenerated or torn discs, nerve impingement from herniated discs, and inflammed or degenerated joints (facet) that connect one segment of the spine with an adjacent segment. Reducing or eliminating low back pain involves physical therapy, injections, and possibly surgery. ...Read more

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Direct sternal injury 2 years ago with chronic pain. Recent diagnosis of first rib injury with brachial plexus involvement. Changes of recovering?

Direct sternal injury 2 years ago with chronic pain.  Recent diagnosis  of first rib injury with brachial plexus involvement.  Changes of recovering?

Minimal: It seems you had enough time for spontaneous recovery. I would seek surgical correction of the rib to remove any pressure on the brachial plexus. ...Read more

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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

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