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How soon after a spinal cord injury is it okay to give the person a massage?

How soon after a spinal cord injury is it okay to give the person a massage?

Depends : On the degree of injury, the mechanism of injury, and any concommitant complications or other injuries. Once the individual is stable, there are no blood clots, no open wounds, and no signs of any other injury or autonomic dysfunction the patients doctor can determine if it is safe. This can be within days, weeks or longer depending on the individual situation. ...Read more

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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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How is a spinal cord injury typically diagnosed?

Multiple ways: A thorough history, physical examination, and review of the appropriate imaging studies can lead to a diagnosis of spinal cord injury. Sometimes further nerve testing and spinal fluid sampling may be necessary. ...Read more

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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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If I have a spinal cord injury, what wheelchair transfer techniques are available?

See answer below: It all depends where you need to transfer to. Check out fasteddy07 on youtube where i demonstrate how to perform a variety of wheelchair transfers, on a shower bench, on a bed, in a car, from the floor etc... Of course, depending on the injury level, some transfers may not be possible independently. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Anyone know what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Severed cord: This is a spinal cord injury where the spinal cord is severed ( cut in half ) resulting in permanent loss of function below that level of the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an acute spinal cord injury?

Nerve damage: An acute spinal cord injury refers to nerve damage involving the spinal cord-- this is the large bundle of nerves that carries impulses to the arms, legs, and trunk for muscle control, as well as relays sensory information from the same areas to the brain for feeling pain, temperature, & other sensations. Cord injury impairs these functions. Severity depends on the extent & location of the injury. ...Read more

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What kinds of symptoms does someone with a spinal cord injury have?

Paralysis and more: Symptoms of spinal cord injury include: partial or complete paralysis of muscles below the level of injury, loss of sensation below the injury level, and a change in function of the bowel and bladder. Most spinal cord injuries also result in spasticity of the muscles (unless the injury was low in the lumbar spine), accompanied by changes in blood pressure regulation and temperature regulation. ...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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What are the major symptoms following a spinal cord injury?

Depends: This depends on the level of injury and the extent of damage to the spinal cord. One can be classified with a spinal cord injury with only minimal weakness. Many think spinal cord injury equals paralysis. This is not the case. Many will have varying level of weakness, sensory loss and even bowel or bladder incontinence. The major symptoms are often weakness and sensory loss. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

Injuries is also known as Injuries and wounds. 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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