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What can you do when someone is unconscious and has a spinal injury?

What can you do when someone is unconscious and has a spinal injury?

Call 911: Call 911. Do not move the person if at all possible. You may need to if leaving them in place places them in danger; or if they are not breathing, lack a pulse (that is they need CPR and you are trained in this). Moving someone with an unstable spine can cause further nerve or spinal cord injury. Emts are trained in how to safely move someone who may have this type of injury. ...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


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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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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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Is temporary paralysis possible after having spinal injury?

Sometimes temporay: Sometimes injury causes spine "shock" or swelling and paralysis may resolve when it goes away. A little healing may occur even in severe cases and a cord only crushed a little may improve on its own or after decompression surgery of bone, ruptured disk tumor or whatever else might be crushing it. High dose steroids a given early give it a better chance. Rehabilitation also may help greatly. ...Read more

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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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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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If you have a spinal injury what do you recommend?

If you have a spinal injury what do you recommend?

Seek a neurosurgeon: Spinal cord injuries (sci) are very serious and can have lasting effects.Unfortunately, they are all too common with motor vehicle crashes and motor cycle accidents as leading causes.Spinal cord injury can manifest as pain, weakness, numbness and are often associated with a spinal fracture. You want to go to a medical center where they have experienced neurosurgeons who can help with the situation. ...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?

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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Sometimes my toes hurt. Would this maybe be an effect of my old spinal injury?

Sometimes my toes hurt.  Would this maybe be an effect of my old spinal injury?

Maybe: If the problem was present at the time of your spinal injury it may be a continuance of the problem... If the injury was long ago and the toe pain is recent it is probably not related. ...Read more

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My friend had spinal injury and 20% burns due to electric shock. Can she be operated on?

My friend had spinal injury and 20% burns due to electric shock. Can she be operated on?

Normally yes: But i recommend that you ask his/her doctors and discuss your concerns. Elective operations are typically delayed until after recovery. There migh be concern about cutting thru a healing wound, about risk of infection ...Etc. ...Read more

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C7 spinal injury approximately what percentage of C7 injured pts walk again or get their life back to almost normal i know every case is different?

C7 spinal injury approximately what percentage of C7 injured pts walk again or get their life back to almost normal i know every case is different?

You are correct: Highly variable, and depends on extent of spinal cord injury. However, with time taken to healing, and useful rehabilitation programs within a certified rehab hospital, the outcomes are far better. An occupational therapist working with a physical therapist may devise assistive devices to speed your mobility. ...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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