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Are spinal accessory nerve injuries sometimes confused for impingement syndrome ?

Are spinal accessory nerve injuries sometimes confused for impingement syndrome ?

Can be: But a careful examination by a specialist can tease out the difference. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Can a spinal nerve compression & hip injury cause urinary problems such as frequency, cystitis feeling wanting to go double voiding in the morning?

Can a  spinal nerve compression & hip injury cause urinary problems such as frequency, cystitis feeling wanting to go double voiding in the morning?

Yes: This may be just temporary. Cord compression injuries can lead to partial urinary retention therefore making it more difficult to urinate and having to double void. Hip injuries are often painful and require narcotic pain medication which also can lead to partial urinary retention. Work on a good bowel program having daily bowel movements, this will help as you seek additional care. ...Read more

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What tests are needed for spinal nerve root damage/injuries? Damage in neck affecting both hands/arms,but left more than rt.Is this a spinal cord inj?

What tests are needed for spinal nerve root damage/injuries? Damage in neck affecting both hands/arms,but left more than rt.Is this a spinal cord inj?

MRI: You likely will need a MRI of the neck spine after an initial evaluation with your doctor. Sometimes, a nerve conduction test may also be needed if the mri is not conclusive. ...Read more

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Does an alergic reaction to bactrum cause permit spinal /nerve damage?

Does an alergic reaction to bactrum cause permit spinal /nerve damage?

Highly unlikely: The usual allergic reactions consists of hives or anaphylaxis and would not specifically inflict damages to your spinal cord or nerves. A much less common hypersensitivity (vs allergic) reaction is Steven Johnson syndrome which may potentially be fatal. ...Read more

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If I have spinal nerve damage from an lp, how will i know for sure? Will an MRI show that type of damage?

Nerve damage: Spinal access may cause nerve damage, espeically in untrained hands. An emg/ncv (electro-myogram, nerve conduction velocity) study would reveal if there is actual nerve damage. The damage may also depend on the type of needle used to access the spinal fluid. A sharp needle may lead to more damage compared to a "pencil-point" needle. ...Read more

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Is nerve injury the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Is nerve injury the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Possibly: Nerve injury implies some kind of damage to the nerve itself. While spinal cord and nerves are both nervous tissue, nerves typically are structures that have branched outside the spinal cord. Injury to the sciatic nerve, for example, is not considered a spinal cord injury. They are very different structures. ...Read more

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Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

No : Nerve injury is different than spinal cord damage. Spinal cord damage is more severe than nerve injury. ...Read more

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Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

No: The nerves are outside the axial skeleton, and the spinal cord is contained in the bony structure. ...Read more

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What will happen if an injury cuts the dorsal root of a spinal nerve that carries feelings of pain?

What will happen if an injury cuts the dorsal root of a spinal nerve that carries feelings of pain?

Numbness: The dorsal (posterior, toward the back) root carries sensation nerve fibers: feeling of light touch, vibration, sense of position (movement or where the arm or leg or joint is), pain. However, there is much overlap between the area serves by a single nerve, so there may not be total loss of sensation, depending on how the person is "wired.". ...Read more

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Will spinal cord stimualtion help if there is nerve damage ?

Unknown: This is an area of current research, and would be best answered after examination by a specialist (neurologist or neurosurgeon). ...Read more

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Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more