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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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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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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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Can there be any way to cure a spinal cord injury?

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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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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How to determine what level of injury you are if you had a spinal cord injury?

How to determine what level of injury you are if you had a spinal cord injury?

"ASIA" Exam: In spinal cord injury there are key muscles and sensory regions, that are graded either intact or impaired/absent. The highest level that has all of these intact is often described as the level of injury, using the INSCIS or "ASIA" exam EX. C7= at C7 all motor and sensory is intact. This is different than the anatomic level where the physical insult occurred. Ask your Dr to perform one ...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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What do doctors consider to be a spinal cord injury?

What do doctors consider to be a spinal cord injury?

As it says: It is any injury to yuor spinal cord which is centrally located in your spine. It has multiple levels usually related to the vertebral body level. Ask you doctor if you are unsure. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Terrible injury: As the term implies, the spinal cord is severed ( usually from trauma) resulting in permanent paralysis below the level oc injury. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

No: Sciatica is a pain symptom of a pinched nerve in the spine. Spinal cord injury is an actual/potential damage to the spinal cord resulting in a sensory or motor deficit. The two are very different. Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about either. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a form spinal cord injury?

No: Spinal Cord Injury is very different than sciatica. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist that can discuss this in more detail for you. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Sciatica: The sciatic nerves arise from the branches of l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) and s3. When these branches of these nerves come together they form the sciatic nerve. Because the sciatic nerve arises from each of these five nerves, often any one of these nerves can present also with the symptoms of sciatica. This nerve is considered a peripheral nerve, not a spinal cord nerve. ...Read more

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Does a spinal cord injury always mean paralysis?

Does a spinal cord injury always mean paralysis?

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 more

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How do stretch reflexes find a spinal cord injury?

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 more

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How can you apply cpr in patient with spinal cord injury?

How can you apply cpr in patient with spinal cord injury?

The same as others: Always perform CPR in a patient until you know exactly what the injury is. Spinal cord injury in the thoracic and lumbar spine is compatible with life, and good CPR could save this patient. However, acute high cervical spine injury could render CPR "futile" depending on the exact injury. But unless you know exactly the injury, continue with CPR until someone with medical expertise takes over care. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord injury be treated with a baby's cord blood?

STEM CELL: Yes, it is possible, injecting stem cells in spinal canal may result in regeneration of the spine and help to regain the function of the spinal cord, a lot of trials on animal models are very promising now a days. ...Read more

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How close are doctors to finding a cure for spinal cord injury?

How close are doctors to finding a cure for spinal cord injury?

Slow, small advances: The spinal cord is very complex, with millions of tiny nerve cells packed into a small area. Spinal cord injury disrupts these nerve cells, and they don't grow back together well at all. Many researchers are working on this problem, and slow progress is being made. We are still many years away from being able to completely cure this problem. ...Read more

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How can spinal cord injury patients manage their body temperature?

How can spinal cord injury patients manage their body temperature?

Environmentally: Good question. Patients with spinal cord injury (particularly higher level, more complete injuries) are 'poikilothermic' meaning that their environment dictates their body temperature. Out in the heat, a person with quadriplegia may run fever. In the cold, hypothermia is a real concern. The best solution: get out of the elements. Dress appropriately, layer, and monitor body temp while outdoors. ...Read more

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In what ways are people able to survive a serious spinal cord injury (paralysis)?

Good rehabilitation: A good rehabilitation program will focus in maximizing function of people with paralysis. The exact rehabilitation interventions will depend on the level of injury (the part of the spine affected). Many of my patients have spinal injuries and very productive lives. Things are done differently and they are harder to do but independence and fulfillment are possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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