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How common are injuries to the spinal cord?

How common are injuries to the spinal cord?

Much too common: Since many spinal cord injuries result in permanent numbness, weakness, and even paralysis, it is important to protect your spinal cord. Avoid high risk behaviors and be smart. During summer months especially we see spinal cord injuries from jumping head first into shallow pools or rivers, and from high speed car/motorcycle accidents, often with alcohol involved. Be safe! ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Could an injury to the spinal cord cause mental damage?

Could an injury to the spinal cord cause mental damage?

Also watch for meds: Agree with excellent answer above. Additionally, many of the medications used for spinal cord injuries (especially pain medicines and muscle relaxants) can cause cognitive issues. ...Read more

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How does an injury to the spinal cord affect the nerves?

How does an injury to the spinal cord affect the nerves?

Depends on damage: The spinal cord serves as a conduit for information to/from the brain.If cord injury is minor(brief compression/shock) the information transfer may stop for a time & return after any swelling/etc.Is gone. If the injury kills a segment of the cord, the sensation below the segment is lost and voluntary control of muscles below the injury is gone (permanent paralysis). Reflex mvt may persist. ...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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Which is worse, a C6 or C7 injury to the spinal cord?

Spinal cord injury: Generally the lower in the spinal cord the better the better c7 leaves you with wrist extension and the abilty to work a joy stick on a mototorized wheel chair c6 involvement implies loss of wrist extention control initial levels can change as swelling subsides. ...Read more

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What kind of injury to the spinal cord prevents the use of the legs but not the arms?

What kind of injury to the spinal cord prevents the use of the legs but not the arms?

Spine injury level: Your spinal cord is made up of nerve tracts running up and down to and from your brain to the rest of your body. A spinal cord injury at the level of your mid back or lower will not affect the nerves to your arms, which have already left the cord and spinal canal. ...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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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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I would like to find athletes that suffered from spinal cord injuries?

Spinal cord injury: There are a number of web sites that have services for people with spinal cord injuries. The american association of neurological surgeons supports organizations that deal with both head injury and spinal cord injuries. ...Read more