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Doctor insights on: C7 Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms

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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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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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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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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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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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Can there be visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

Well not really: Of course you can have injury only to your cord but usually since there is a very heavily muscled and ligamentous and bony structures surrounding your cord - they can be injured as well. Ask yoru physician if you have an associated injuries. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms following a spinal cord injury?

Depends: This depends on the level of injury and the extent of damage to the spinal cord. One can be classified with a spinal cord injury with only minimal weakness. Many think spinal cord injury equals paralysis. This is not the case. Many will have varying level of weakness, sensory loss and even bowel or bladder incontinence. The major symptoms are often weakness and sensory loss. ...Read more

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Does chronic spinal cord injury usually have many symptoms?

Specturm: Spinal cord injury usually involves varying degrees of weakness, numbness, bowel or bladder problems, or difficulty walking. Depending on the cause, pain could also be a symptom. ...Read more

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What kinds of symptoms does someone with a spinal cord injury have?

Paralysis and more: Symptoms of spinal cord injury include: partial or complete paralysis of muscles below the level of injury, loss of sensation below the injury level, and a change in function of the bowel and bladder. Most spinal cord injuries also result in spasticity of the muscles (unless the injury was low in the lumbar spine), accompanied by changes in blood pressure regulation and temperature regulation. ...Read more

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Are there any visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury, if you arrive first at an accident scene?

Are there any visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury, if you arrive first at an accident scene?

Not necessarily: It is important if you are first on the scene and there is someone hurt not to move that person. If they have a spinal cord injury or if there is the potential for one, they need to be immobilized by qualified emts. ...Read more

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Could exuberant knee reflex be a symptom of spinal cord injury?

Could exuberant knee reflex be a symptom of spinal cord injury?

Yes: Nerves originating from the brain suppress reflexes to a degree. With certain spinal cord injuries, this suppressive effect is interrupted, and reflexes can be very brisk as a result. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the neurologocal defects associated with spinal cord injury?

Variable: It can range from simple tingling to complete numbness and weakness as well as loss of bowel and bladder function. Basically you cannot move that part of the body below the spinal cord injury. ...Read more

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If I have a spinal cord injury, what wheelchair transfer techniques are available?

If I have a spinal cord injury, what wheelchair transfer techniques are available?

See answer below: It all depends where you need to transfer to. Check out fasteddy07 on youtube where i demonstrate how to perform a variety of wheelchair transfers, on a shower bench, on a bed, in a car, from the floor etc... Of course, depending on the injury level, some transfers may not be possible independently. ...Read more

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What to do if I am disabled from a incomplete spinal cord injury, I was stabbed in the neck, how will I ever trust others?

What to do if I am disabled from a incomplete spinal cord injury, I was stabbed in the neck, how will I ever trust others?

Trust yourself: Sorry to hear about your story. You do not have to trust everybody, trust yourself, trust your family and friends, trust your docs. Help others affected by trauma by telling your story. ...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?

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?

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 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. Barbara Lavi
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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