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How do stretch reflexes find a spinal cord injury?

How do stretch reflexes find a spinal cord injury?

Reflexes=levels: Stretch reflexes in the arms and legs can all be connected mostly to 1 or 2 spinal cord levels above the injury level reflexes will be normal. Depending on the age and location of the injury reflexes below the injury will either be missing early on or stronger than normal later. Also helpful to diagnosis is that left and right sides may be different from each other. ...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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How does a hyperactive stretch reflex (due to spinal cord injury) result in clonus?

How does a hyperactive stretch reflex (due to spinal cord injury) result in clonus?

Brakes are released: The quick answer: the brain/spinal cord send electrical fibers to control the muscles. When the fibers are severed, the muscles "do their own thing", unregulated. http://www.livestrong.com/article/197920-causes-of-clonus/. ...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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How is a spinal cord injury typically diagnosed?

How is a spinal cord injury typically diagnosed?

Multiple ways: A thorough history, physical examination, and review of the appropriate imaging studies can lead to a diagnosis of spinal cord injury. Sometimes further nerve testing and spinal fluid sampling may be necessary. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Anyone know what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Severed cord: This is a spinal cord injury where the spinal cord is severed ( cut in half ) resulting in permanent loss of function below that level of the spinal cord. ...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 does it mean to have an acute spinal cord injury?

Nerve damage: An acute spinal cord injury refers to nerve damage involving the spinal cord-- this is the large bundle of nerves that carries impulses to the arms, legs, and trunk for muscle control, as well as relays sensory information from the same areas to the brain for feeling pain, temperature, & other sensations. Cord injury impairs these functions. Severity depends on the extent & location of the injury. ...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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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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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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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