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Can men with spinal cord injury (c6 and c7) have sexual intercourse?

Can men with spinal cord injury (c6 and c7) have sexual intercourse?

Yes: The goal is provide treatment to achieve and maintain an erection. Erection can be achieve with oral or intraurethral medications. If medications are not effective, erection can be achieved by direct stimulation of the penis, penile vibratory stimulation device or vacuum penile pump device. To maintain erection, patients use a constrictor device or "cock ring." do not use constrictors over 30 min. ...Read more

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Dr. William Newton
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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

Spinal cord injury is a condition in which a person has damage to the nerves in his spinal cord (which is protected inside the spine from the brain to the tailbone). Injuries such as those from car accidents, climbing accidents, or gunshot wounds often cause paralysis (loss of use of legs, abdominal ...Read more


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Im suffering from spinal cord injury c6/c7 complete. I can say that my hands function is 70% on its normal my legs are 0%. How to strenghten my legs?

Im suffering from spinal cord injury c6/c7 complete. I can say that my hands function is 70% on its normal my legs are 0%. How to strenghten my legs?

Focus on arms: I would suggest you focus on the arms now. The best recovery occurs one level below the level of your injury which means that you should work on the muscles of the arms (triceps) and hands as these will help you be independent with your own care. If you start getting any strength back on the legs then move to work on that. ...Read more

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Supposing you have a C7 spinal cord injury. Woud you be considered a quadriplegic?

Supposing you have a C7 spinal cord injury. Woud you be  considered a quadriplegic?

Spinal cord injury: An injury at C7 would affect your hands and arms but the shoulders and upper arms would be intact so this would be a partial quadriplegic depending on how severe C7 was involved. ...Read more

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What are the different types of incomplete spinal cord injury & how do I know which I had? I'm C6 incomplete. Spent year in chair paralyzed now walk.

What are the different types of incomplete spinal cord injury & how do I know which I had? I'm C6 incomplete. Spent year in chair paralyzed now walk.

Depends on level: Typically an incomplete injury at C6 causes you to have limited control of your wrist and complete loss of hand function. The different types have more to do with where the lesion is located and what dermatome that includes. The "incomplete" refers to the fact that you have retained some function of motor and/or sensory function below the level of the injury. Autonomic dysreflexia can occur. ...Read more

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What are the respiratory effects of spinal cord injuries at c7-8?

What are the respiratory effects of spinal cord injuries at c7-8?

Minimal: In such injuries the phrenic nerve remains intact. Only intercostal nerves aren't working; adaptation rapidly develops. ...Read more

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Which is worse, a C6 or C7 injury to the spinal cord?

Spinal cord injury: Generally the lower in the spinal cord the better the better c7 leaves you with wrist extension and the abilty to work a joy stick on a mototorized wheel chair c6 involvement implies loss of wrist extention control initial levels can change as swelling subsides. ...Read more

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How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

Very: It can lead to paralysis. It needs to be managed by an expert in an appropriate setting. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what a spinal cord injury is?

Can you tell me what a spinal cord injury is?

Spinal cord injury: Is an injury to the actual cord of portions of neurons that extend from the base of your brain down the spinal canal and send the nerves to the rest of your body from the brain. The actual injury can be numerous mechanisms, from anything from trauma to infection to infarct, severing communication of some degree from your brain to the levels below the injury. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to cure a spinal cord injury?

No but lots to do!: A spinal cord injury cannot be cured but a good rehabilitation program can manage symptoms and help the person return to the most active lifestyle possible. The activities the person will be able to do depend on what part of the spine was affected (level of injury). ...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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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more