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What Kind Of Doctors Work With Spinal Cord Injury
ED / Neurosurgeon: The patient should be taken to a center skilled in the evaluation and management of acute spinal cord injury. They need treatment for the trauma basics (a-b-cs) and they need specific care for their spinal cord injury as well. If they have a fracture dislocation it should be addressed expeditiously. These injuries can often be helped if the patient gets appropriate care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
As it says: It is any injury to yuor spinal cord which is centrally located in your spine. It has multiple levels usually related to the vertebral body level. Ask you doctor if you are unsure. ...Read more
Slow, small advances: The spinal cord is very complex, with millions of tiny nerve cells packed into a small area. Spinal cord injury disrupts these nerve cells, and they don't grow back together well at all. Many researchers are working on this problem, and slow progress is being made. We are still many years away from being able to completely cure this problem. ...Read more
Neuro exam: A detailed neurological examination usually can determine that a spinal lesion is unlikely, but cannot rule out 100%. ...Read more
Complex process: It's a complex process that depends on the severity of the injury, and on what other injuries and illnesses the person has. The main stages: --acute care and stabilization --post-acute rehabilitation--usually inpatient: intensive rehabilitation, patient and family education, prevent complications --home care--more rehab, adjust to home environment --outpatient--rehab to optimize recovery. ...Read more
Neurogenic Bowel: Depends on the level of injury. Injury above the sacral segments causes: upper motor neuron bowel. This can lead to prolonged transit times in the colon, and severe constipation with accidents and incomplete emptying.Injury at/below this level ex.Conus or cauda equina injury can cause loss of rectal tone and frequent accidents. A bowel routine directed by a sci doc or nurse can help manage this. ...Read more
Sciatica: The sciatic nerves arise from the branches of l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) and s3. When these branches of these nerves come together they form the sciatic nerve. Because the sciatic nerve arises from each of these five nerves, often any one of these nerves can present also with the symptoms of sciatica. This nerve is considered a peripheral nerve, not a spinal cord nerve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could you have spinal cord injury if you do not feel any pain, or do not feel any difficult doing any other work?
Sounds unlikely: If no weakness, no history of trauma, no infection, no tumor, no numbness or loss of sensation. No pain.No bowel or bladder dysfunction. Seems unlikely.Someone may have a congenital anomaly that has no functional impact. However if any of the above symptoms are positive that screams see a doctor. No signs or symptoms speaks to using your judgement and asking why this question is considered. ...Read more
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