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Doctor insights on: Rectal Exam Detecting Spinal Injury

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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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Rectal Exam (Definition)

A rectal exam is where a practitioner examines the last part of the colon (or rectum) by placing a finger or small plastic scope through the anus. This is important to detect issues such as prostate problems, continence disturbances, rectal cancers, and more. While often uncomfortable for patients it is very short and gives a lot of ...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?

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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How is a spinal injury related to breathing?

How is a spinal injury related to breathing?

Pain & weak muscles: An injury to the bones of the spine can cause a lot of pain, which may cause someone to take shallow breaths. If the injury involves the spinal cord (paralysis), then the nerves that go to muscles in the chest that help with breathing can also be paralyzed. This can lead to breathing difficulties. ...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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How can dermatomes be used in diagnosis of the location of a spinal injury?

How can dermatomes be used in diagnosis of the location of a spinal injury?

Yes: Dermatomes are maps of the skin based on study of many people. Based on where the skin is numb or sensitive or has abnormal feeling, a physician can tell which nerves or part of the spinal cord are affected. People do vary in what part of the body is supplied by which spinal nerve root, but a trained physician or health care provider can come close. Imaging like MRI can confirm the location. ...Read more

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

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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How could spinal injuries affect your emotions?

How could spinal injuries affect your emotions?

In many ways: A spine injury can range from minor to catastrophic. If there is spinal cord injury, a person will go through the same stages as someone losing a loved one to death: grief, anger, denial, depression, bargaining, and (hopefully) acceptance. Even less devastating spinal injuries can lead one down a similar path. It is normal, and getting support from friends, family, and professionals can help. ...Read more

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What do you do when a person has a spinal injury?

What do you do when a person has a spinal injury?

Call 911: These are complex injuries that need advanced imaging and multidisciplinary care usually surigcal spinal stabiliization. ...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