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Is temporary paralysis possible after having spinal injury?

Is temporary paralysis possible after having spinal injury?

Sometimes temporay: Sometimes injury causes spine "shock" or swelling and paralysis may resolve when it goes away. A little healing may occur even in severe cases and a cord only crushed a little may improve on its own or after decompression surgery of bone, ruptured disk tumor or whatever else might be crushing it. High dose steroids a given early give it a better chance. Rehabilitation also may help greatly. ...Read more

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Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Is there any new promising treatment for paralysis caused by spinal injury?

Is there any new promising treatment for paralysis caused by spinal injury?

Not yet: This is an area of active research, however there are no new, widely accepted treatments for spinal cord injury at this time. Several different technologies are being investigated in the treatment of sci including neural stem cell therapy, neuronal regenerative therapies, neuroprosthetics, and pharmacologic agents to lessen secondary spinal cord injuries. ...Read more

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What can you do when someone is unconscious and has a spinal injury?

What can you do when someone is unconscious and has a spinal injury?

Call 911: Call 911. Do not move the person if at all possible. You may need to if leaving them in place places them in danger; or if they are not breathing, lack a pulse (that is they need CPR and you are trained in this). Moving someone with an unstable spine can cause further nerve or spinal cord injury. Emts are trained in how to safely move someone who may have this type of injury. ...Read more

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How could a rectal exam assist doctors to determine if a spinal injury is present?

How could a rectal exam assist doctors to determine if a spinal injury is present?

Spinal injury: A rectal exam to check for spinal injury is really an examination of the anal sphincter tone. If the tone is not present or decreased (having the patient bear down with the final in the rectal canal) during the examination, it could be an indicator that there is an injury. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to begin weightlifting after a bad spinal injury?

Is it a bad idea to begin weightlifting after a bad spinal injury?

Consult with Dr.: Do not do begin any activity without consulting with specialist. Why risk further injury? ...Read more

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How can the spinal injury affect the body ?

How can the spinal injury affect the body ?

It depends: If you have a spinal cord injury, then depending of the level of your injury; cervical vs thoracic vs injury, you will have affected mobility, muscle tone, and other autonomic (bladder, bowel function) impairments. ...Read more

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How would you know if you're recovering from a spinal injury?

Your recovery: It depends on the defecits that you had after the injury, if you are recovering these functions, then you are recovering from the injury. ...Read more

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I have a spinal injury, how can I rehabilitate myself so I can work?

I have a spinal injury, how can I rehabilitate myself so I can work?

Question too vague: There are so many ways to injure the spine, and treatment/rehabilitation would be tailored to your type of injury. There is no one size fits all answer. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...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