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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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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What should I do to reduce muscle tone I have a spinal cord injury?

What should I do to reduce muscle tone I have a spinal cord injury?

Multiple modalities: Depends on level and complete verse incomplete. Passive stretching/range to start, pt, fluoidotherapy. Oral Baclofen or tizanidine can be beneficial. Can consider intrathecal Baclofen as well. Any ho? You can consider Botox injections to targeted muscles as well. Surgical release is a last ditch option. Make sure any pain or irritation is controlled as well as these can worsen spasticity. ...Read more

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If you have a spinal cord injury can it make your fingers hurt?

If you have a spinal cord injury can it make your fingers hurt?

Spine & finger pain: Yes. Problems affecting the spinal cord inside the neck and the nerve roots that come out between the vertebra of the neck can cause hand & finger pain (involving all 5 fingers). Other rare disorders like a cyst inside the central cord area (syrinx) can cause what is called "stocking-glove paresthesias"--unpleasant sensations in both hands & feet. ...Read more

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How to determine what level of injury you are if you had a spinal cord injury?

How to determine what level of injury you are if you had a spinal cord injury?

"ASIA" Exam: In spinal cord injury there are key muscles and sensory regions, that are graded either intact or impaired/absent. The highest level that has all of these intact is often described as the level of injury, using the INSCIS or "ASIA" exam EX. C7= at C7 all motor and sensory is intact. This is different than the anatomic level where the physical insult occurred. Ask your Dr to perform one ...Read more

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If you have a spinal cord injury can you walk or move arms?

If you have a spinal cord injury can you walk or move arms?

Difficultly : If you have a significant spinal injury, usually symptoms are weakness, and sensory loss below the level of injury as well as bowel/bladder problems. ...Read more

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What do you do when a person has a spinal injury?

What do you do when a person has a spinal injury?

Call 911: These are complex injuries that need advanced imaging and multidisciplinary care usually surigcal spinal stabiliization. ...Read more

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I have an injury to my spinal cord. Will that cause any problems if I ski?

I have an injury to my spinal cord. Will that cause any problems if I ski?

Perhaps: If the injury causes leg weakness or numbness, or spasticity, be very careful, and be evaluated by a rehab doc first, as your athletic ability may be compromised. If may be that you need to try easy, beginner slopes initially to be comfortable. Prior to buying your season pass, you may try, with supervision, balancing and strength activities using a trampoline to check it out. ...Read more

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For a spinal cord injury, would you need to be in a wheelchair? If so, how long?

For a spinal cord injury, would you need to be in a wheelchair? If so, how long?

Can't tell, ask doc: It is impossible to even guess without more information about the nature of the injury, its severity, and which part of the spine was injured. The doctors provide the patient's care are by far the best to answer this. ...Read more

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Why do you become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury?

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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Can you go to gym for weight/muscle gain if you have spinal bulging due workplace accident? 12month recovery has been suggested.

Can you go to gym for weight/muscle gain if you have spinal bulging due workplace accident? 12month recovery has been suggested.

Buldge ?: I assume u mean a disk bulge. As long as this is a w/c issue u need 2 b sure it is cleared by ur w/c md.As well as the insurance co & physical therapy. U will b under close scrutiny. ...Read more

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Could a person whit a spinal cord injury would be able to have sex again?

Could a person whit a spinal cord injury would be able to have sex again?

Yes: Even with nerve damage that causes inability to get an erection, there are devices, shots, implants, etc that can be used to regain some sexual function. See a urologist that has experience with this particular issue. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc and torn hamstring from a workout injury. I needs to lose weight for my back too. What exercises can I do?

I have a herniated disc and torn hamstring from a workout injury. I needs to lose weight for my back too. What exercises can I do?

REST!!!! TIME: Hamstring injuries will respond to rest, massage and physical therapy. Time is your best ally. Plasma gel injection under ultra sound guidance is purported to shorten healing time. For herniated discs of there is no nerve impairment, the participation in pilates yoga is very good. As the hamstrings heal, the above exercise programs can be beneficial. Always use professional guidance. ...Read more

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Could you describe how to lose a lot of weight?

Could you describe how to lose a lot of weight?

Healthy eating: Make half your meal vegetables and fruits. Go for variety. And keep in mind that potatoes and french fries dont count. choose whole grains & limit refined grains. pick the healthiest sources of protein. Drink lots of water. Stay active. check out http://www.Sparkpeople.Com or http://www.Myfitnesspal.Com. They offers nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free. ...Read more

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Since I have a herniated disk what kind of exercise can I do to lose weight?

Since I have a herniated disk what kind of exercise can I do to lose weight?

Varies: Generally, cardiovascular exercises that do not aggravate symptoms are fine even if it means cross training ie swimming, treading water, walking, biking, elliptical, stairmaster but running could aggravate symptoms but not always but avoid rowing and any raquet sports and golf but walk the paths. ...Read more

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How would you know if you're recovering from a spinal injury?

How would you know if you're recovering from a spinal injury?

Your recovery: It depends on the defecits that you had after the injury, if you are recovering these functions, then you are recovering from the injury. ...Read more

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How badly can a meniscus injury have to be before a doctor tells you no more running?

How badly can a meniscus injury have to be before a doctor tells you no more running?

Many factors: If it is repairable and heals and there is no arthritis--there may be no limits. On the other hand, if the tear leads to loss of meniscal function coupled with arthritis, limb malalignment and an elevated bmi-- high impact exercise may be discouraged. ...Read more

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What do I do if possible nerve injury from working as a cashier?

What do I do if possible nerve injury from working as a cashier?

Depends: This would depend on the nerve that you are concerned about.Based on the type of work as a cashier, you are likely concerned about carpal tunnel syndrome.This leads to numbness and pain in the thumb, index and 3rd fingers. If it is mild, check with a hand or occupational therapist for exercises or splints that may help.If it worsens, see a neurosurgeon to discuss possible surgery to free the nerve. ...Read more

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If you have suffered from a hernia does that mean you will have trouble with hernias for the rest of your life? i want to lift weights eventually.

If you have suffered from a hernia does that mean you will have trouble with hernias for the rest of your life? i want to lift weights eventually.

Careful: I have been a weight lifter for 58 years with no issues until I did what I knew was a wrong lift. Now I have a right Bicep torn head. Do your lifting in a reasonable and safe way. use the belt don't over extend and don't pick the "dead lift" as your favorite. Use a trainer and be honest when interviewing. Yes you can get the hernia again Soooo fore-warned is forearmed. ...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


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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

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