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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. James Krick
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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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Wondering if it's necessary to feel a pain(even if very little pain) in spine if you have a spinal cord injury?

Wondering if it's necessary to feel a pain(even if very little pain) in spine if you have a spinal cord injury?

Depends if you mean: Pain with the original insult verse pain after stabilization and chronically. Its extremely rare to have a spinal injury without pain sensation, and that usually only occurs when it is a polytrauma situation and there is too much pain everywhere to recognize it. Chronically, you do not always have to have pain. Some injuries people can, if they are lucky, live pain free. ...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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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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How could I stop muscle spasms in my legs. I have a spinal cord injury at t11?

How could I stop muscle spasms in my legs. I have a spinal cord injury at t11?

New issue??: Spasm and spasticity are common with your type of injury. Are these new? I would suspect that they are not. We commonly use medication such as Baclofen and tizanidine. Pt and stretching are also helpful. For continued spasticity, Botox could also be helpful. Discuss these with your doc. ...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 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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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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How could a spinal cord injury affect the musculoskeletal system and the integumentary system?

Weakness, numbness: The paralysis from spinal cord injury causes varying degrees of weakness and muscle loss (atrophy), depending on the severity of the injury. There may also be spasticity or tightness of the muscles, putting a person at risk of contractures (joint rigidity). Numbness from spinal cord injury places a person at risk of developing pressure sores-- pressure relief is paramount for prevention. ...Read more

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How soon after a spinal cord injury is it okay to give the person a massage?

How soon after a spinal cord injury is it okay to give the person a massage?

Depends : On the degree of injury, the mechanism of injury, and any concommitant complications or other injuries. Once the individual is stable, there are no blood clots, no open wounds, and no signs of any other injury or autonomic dysfunction the patients doctor can determine if it is safe. This can be within days, weeks or longer depending on the individual situation. ...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


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Injuries (Definition)

Injuries is also known as Injuries and wounds. 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