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How Does A Spinal Cord Injury Effect The Circulatory System
Hard to say...: Hi UMays My sympathy for you or whoever has the injury. Any spinal injury can cause major changes, and regulation of circulation is one of them. Saying that, effects on respiration and upper cord function should be minimal. Regulation of circulation to lower gut, bladder, and lower limbs may be changed. This includes control of sexual response. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Fortunately, not all spinal cord injuries cause paralysis. Milder versions of the injury may simply contuse the cord and may result in little to no neurologic deficits. Other more severe injuries may severley bruise or sever the cord causing a spectrum of neurologic deficits based on location and type of injury. Full recovery is less likely with severe injuries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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It's possible: It will depend on thre extent and location of unjust. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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