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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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


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How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

Hope superficial: If merely a soft tissue problem, should respond to heat, relaxation, perhaps massage or acupuncture. Recommend an otc anti-inflammatory such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. If things do not stabilize after a few days, check with doctor about more intensive evaluation. ...Read more

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Could a rotator cuff injury cause temporary spine curvature?

Could a rotator cuff injury cause temporary spine curvature?

A bit of a distance: between the shoulder and the spine. The usual cause of "temporary spine curvature" or "change in normal lordosis" is a muscle spasm--typically of the neck. Certainly injuries and/or pain can cause spasm. Temporary spine curvature changes are common and are NOT due to the bones or disk being broken. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

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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How bad does your neck/spine injury have to be to require surgery?

How bad does your neck/spine injury have to be to require surgery?

Bad enough . . . .: If you have a diagnosis that clearly explains the source of your pain, then the decision for surgery depends on how bad the pain is versus how risky the surgery might be. The most important part is to be as sure as possible you have the right diagnosis and that the surgery is as safe as possible. When the disability is bad enough to significantly affect your life, you're ready. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the main symptoms of cervical spine injury?

Can you tell me the main symptoms of cervical spine injury?

Possibly: You could have any combination of pain, weakness, numbess, tingling, bowel or bladder problems, breathing problems, or even problems maintaining your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Neck swelling from whiplash injury?

Neck swelling from whiplash injury?

Team Approach: Swelling can often occur with whiplash injuries. It is wise to have a team of providers, Medical Doctor, Doctor of Chiropractic, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a massage therapist. ...Read more

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Cervical spine compression of nerve?

Cervical spine compression of nerve?

Radiculopathy: Typically you will feel referred, burning, radicular pain in a dermatomal distribution, depending upon which nerve root is being compressed. ...Read more

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Neck swelling from possible whiplash injury?

Neck swelling from possible whiplash injury?

It is possible: To have neck swelling of the neck from whiplash injury, the ligament in the back of the neck could get inflamed or have sprain in it. Good luck, thank you. ...Read more

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What amount compensation for spinal cord injury and heart injury?

What amount compensation for spinal cord injury and heart injury?

Medical site: This is site for asking medical questions. You might want to try a lawyer's website. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic manipulation correct vertebral malalignment in lumbar spinal stenosis?

Can chiropractic manipulation correct vertebral malalignment in lumbar spinal stenosis?

Unfortunately....no: As an osteopathic physician, whose practice includes "manipulative therapy, " it is my opinion that spinal stenosis is not correctable with any form of manipulation or physical medicine. This is unfortunately a surgical condition, and i would professionally recommend a consultation with a neurosurgeon, vs. An orthopedist. Your condition requires more expertise, and your end result will be better. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it. ...Read more

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Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Rarely: A massive rotator cuff tear can lead to shoulder instability (typically a subluxation/partial dislocation, but not a full dislocation). This may depend on multiple factors including the size, location and chronicity of the tear. On the other hand a traumatic shoulder dislocation can sometimes cause a rotator cuff tear, particularly in patients over the age of 40. ...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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Can a spine injury cause weight loss in arms?

Can a spine injury cause weight loss in arms?

Yes: A neurologic injury at a high enough spinal level can lead to weakness of varying degrees to the arms or regions of the arms leading to muscle wasting or atrophy whichbis an actual loss of muscle mass appearing as weight loss. ...Read more

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Will a tail bone injury fall in the category of spinal cord injury?

Will a tail bone injury fall in the category of spinal cord injury?

No: If all that was injured is the coccyx. The spinal cord ends in the upper lumbar spine. The coccyx or "tail bone" is a small boney structure off the end of the sacrum. There are no associated spinal cord components that far down the spinal collumn. Injuries to this bone and surrounding soft tissues can be very painfull however, and perpheral nerves can be involved. ...Read more

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Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Physical exam: An xray will not directly show a patellar tendon rupture, however, typically your knee cap will be further up your leg than normal. The xray will also show if a piece of bone was pulled off of the patella or tibia. The diagnosis is made clinically - you cannot raise your leg straight up while keeping your knee straight. You may also feel a defect in the tendon. ...Read more

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