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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Support neck: Perform CPR without extending neck.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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