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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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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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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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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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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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Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Depends: Spinal cord injury is very complex and the ability to "fix" the problem depends on many things including how badly the nerves have been injured, the age of the patient, the mechanism of injury, etc. Unfortunately, the overall healing potential of the spinal cord is quite poor and many injuries result in permanent problems. ...Read more

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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc. ...Read more

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What do doctors consider to be a spinal cord injury?

What do doctors consider to be a spinal cord injury?

As it says: It is any injury to yuor spinal cord which is centrally located in your spine. It has multiple levels usually related to the vertebral body level. Ask you doctor if you are unsure. ...Read more

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Why do you become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury?

Loss of function : The spinal cord provides a communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body and it helps to modulate those 2 way communications. If injured , this communication can be affected leading to variable presentations including paralysis depending on what level is injured and to what extent. ...Read more

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How could you lose weight when you have a spinal cord injury?

How could you lose weight when you have a spinal cord injury?

Fewer calories: The number of calories you need when you cannot exercise is surprisingly small. If you are gaining weight or not losing, you are getting more calories than need.Tricks to getting to healthy weight include avoiding drinking calories (unless of course you are unable to eat solid food safely), avoiding snacking between meals, eating high fiber diet (fiber bulks up in the stomach and reduces appetite. ...Read more

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How will the growth spurt affect a child's spinal cord injury?

See below: This depends on the extent of the original spinal cord injury. There will probably be minimal effect. However, if any symptoms occur be sure to quickly have them evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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