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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

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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I have chronic pain from spinal injuries. Are there any new treatments since radio frequency denervation for facet syndrome ? I had radio frequency denervation on both sides of my neck and low back for a few yrs. It helped a lot, but was very expensive an

I have chronic pain from spinal injuries. Are there any new treatments since radio frequency denervation for facet syndrome ? I had radio frequency denervation on both sides of my neck and low back for a few yrs. It helped a lot, but was very expensive an

Not Really Anything: that is cheaper, your insurance should cover repeat treatments though. Stem Cell Therapies are available but generally are not covered by insurance so more expensive. Check out Regenexx.Com. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. ...Read more

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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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My spinal injury makes my arms numb and in pain. What's the best treatment to resolve this problem.?

My spinal injury makes my arms numb and in pain. What's the best treatment to resolve this problem.?

See specialist : Spinal cord injury related pain is a complicated issue. You must see physiatrist and pain management specialists. Numbness is probably related to interruption of nerve pathways. ...Read more

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Spinal injury at d7-d8 resulted in complete loss of sens and movement below waist. Please suggest any hospital/therapy which could make him walk again?

Spinal injury at d7-d8 resulted in complete loss of sens and movement below waist. Please suggest any hospital/therapy which could make him walk again?

Not optimistic: This patient should be seen by a spine team, if not already done, to see if there is anything anatomically that might be corrected, but unfortunately, given the nature of injury, complete loss of sensation and movement and length of time after injury, the prognosis for meaningful recovery is slim. Physical therapy will allow for independence training. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for paraplegia caused by a c6-c7 spinal injury?

Is there a cure for paraplegia caused by a c6-c7 spinal injury?

No cure but : Cervical cord injury is very serious. Common causes are accidents from diving into a pool or whiplash from car accident or hyperextension injury during football. Often the spinal cord is crushed or the blood flow to the cord is stopped so that a region of the cord dies off due to injury and/or lack of blood supply. There is no repair for this. Good rehabilitation can recover whats possible. ...Read more

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Is this diabetes, or caused by my medication? I have a spinal injury, and am on the following medications: fentanyl 12mcg/hr trans-dermal patch promethazine 25mg tablet-as needed ibuprofin 800mg 1@every 6 hours as needed naproxen 500mg- 2x daily risperido

Is this diabetes, or caused by my medication? I have a spinal injury, and am on the following medications:
fentanyl 12mcg/hr trans-dermal patch
promethazine 25mg tablet-as needed
ibuprofin 800mg 1@every 6 hours as needed
naproxen 500mg- 2x daily
risperido

It : It sounds like you went over 24 hours without eating, which could certainly cause low blood sugar. This, combined with your medication regimen could have caused this extreme fatigue. If diabetes runs in your family, your risk of developing the disease is higher. However, experiencing hypoglycemia does not necessarily mean you have diabetes. Diabetes is diagnosed by blood glucose tests that show a trend of high blood sugars in the blood plasma (over 126). It is manifested by high blood sugar in the blood and low performance of Insulin (which is produced by the body to lower the blood sugar). Symptoms of high blood sugar include extreme thirst/hunger, blurred vision, frequent urination, dry mouth, poor wound healing, recurrent infection and fatigue. See your doctor if you notice any of these signs of high blood sugar. ...Read more

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How do you know if someone has any hope of recovering from a spinal injury?

Recovery: You do not have any way. Basically one has to heal from the process of the surgery and this may take up to 12 months or so. I feel is by 12 months its as good as its going to be. ...Read more

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Sometimes my toes hurt. Would this maybe be an effect of my old spinal injury?

Sometimes my toes hurt.  Would this maybe be an effect of my old spinal injury?

Maybe: If the problem was present at the time of your spinal injury it may be a continuance of the problem... If the injury was long ago and the toe pain is recent it is probably not related. ...Read more

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Spinal injury with finger numbness. How does that happen?

Spinal injury with finger numbness. How does that happen?

Nerve damage: Sensation in the body is governed by nerve cells which run from the spine all the way to the tips of the fingers. That is why damage to the spine can affect sensation even in a finger tip. In general, the further away from the central nervous system (spine and brain) an injury occurs, the easier it is for it to heal. A spinal disc, pressing on a nerve, can be removed to help in some cases. ...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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If knows patient have spinal injury in out of hospital how we can give cpr? Required any poteaction

If knows patient have spinal injury in out of hospital how we can give cpr?
Required any poteaction

Yes: C-spine immobilization and long board. If a patient needs cpr, they won't be alive to worry about their spinal injury if you don't attempt to resuscitate them. The key is to minimize further damage to their spine by immobilization. If you are an emt you should know this backward and forward. If you are a lay person, just know that you want to keep their spine immobile, especially cervical. ...Read more

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What would you recommend for a 22 year old female with Degenerative Disc Disease? I presented at 17 with it following a spinal injury.

What would you recommend for a 22 year old female with Degenerative Disc Disease? I presented at 17 with it following a spinal injury.

Physical fitness: It may be that you have developed post-traumatic discogenic problems, but would ponder rheumatological diagnosis, such as ankylosing spondylitis. A physiatrist should be consulted, and some physical therapy could be employed to allow you to perform ongoing appropriate exercises on a regular basis. Stretching and fitness will do wonders. ...Read more

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A spinal injury has me on fentanyl 100mcg & 10/500 hydro/acet .My pain tripled 28th&29th, took 15 ea day & now severe cramps. How concerned should be?

A spinal injury has me on fentanyl 100mcg & 10/500 hydro/acet .My pain tripled 28th&29th, took 15 ea day & now severe cramps. How concerned should be?

GI tract : Narcotics can certainly slow your GI tract and cause constipation. If 15 is 5x your normal amount, your cramps are very likely related to this. That is a large amount of narcotic and i would see your physician for the very least to evaluate your pain intensity increasing to that level. ...Read more

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Can people confined to wheelchairs due to spinal injuries still feel things?

Can people confined to wheelchairs due to spinal injuries still feel things?

See below: This would depend on the level of the spinal cord injury which could involve the lowest spinal segments and little dysfunction up to the neck region which could result in total paralysis and even dysfunction of basic functions like breathing and heart beat. ...Read more

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Can adult bedwetting be associated with spinal injuries?

Can adult bedwetting be associated with spinal injuries?

spinal injury: It would take a pretty severe injury to the spine in which nerve damage has occurred to cause bed wetting. ...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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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