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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


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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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What are wheelchair transfers after a spinal cord injury?

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

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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 tell me what kind of bowel complications can arise after a spinal cord injury?

Can you tell me what kind of bowel complications can arise after a spinal cord injury?

Neurogenic Bowel: Depends on the level of injury. Injury above the sacral segments causes: upper motor neuron bowel. This can lead to prolonged transit times in the colon, and severe constipation with accidents and incomplete emptying. Injury at/below this level ex. Conus or cauda equina injury can cause loss of rectal tone and frequent accidents. A bowel routine directed by a sci doc or nurse can help manage this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what a spinal cord injury is?

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

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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How will I buildup my weak tricep because of spinal cord injury?

Resistance: Muscles strengthen through overcoming resistance and this can be challenging if nerves are damaged.... It depends in nerve recovery but physical therapy is important. ...Read more

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I bent my neck sideways and it didn't pop or crack. I should have no spinal cord injury?

I bent my neck sideways and it didn't pop or crack. I should have no spinal cord injury?

Correct: You cannot injure your spinal cord like that in most cases. In very rare cases a sudden jerk of the neck can cause a tear in one of the arteries in the neck which can injure the brain or the spinal cord but that is rare. ...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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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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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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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 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 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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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