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

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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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Injuries (Definition)

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for spinal cord injury, acute?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for spinal cord injury, acute?

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 more

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What do doctors consider to be a spinal cord injury?

What do doctors consider to be a spinal cord injury?

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

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Can you tell me what kind of bowel complications can arise after a spinal cord injury?

Can you tell me what kind of bowel complications can arise after a spinal cord injury?

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

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What kind of doctors that can help with subdural hematoma?

What kind of doctors that can help with subdural hematoma?

Neurosurgeon: You should visit with a neurosurgeon. Treatment depends on the amount of blood, your symptoms, and length of time you have had the finding. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the neurologocal defects associated with spinal cord injury?

I was wondering what are the neurologocal defects associated with spinal cord injury?

Variable: It can range from simple tingling to complete numbness and weakness as well as loss of bowel and bladder function. Basically you cannot move that part of the body below the spinal cord injury. ...Read more

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How close are doctors to finding a cure for spinal cord injury?

How close are doctors to finding a cure for spinal cord injury?

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

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Hi docs, can you tell me if spine surgery and spinal cord injury medicine are the same?

Hi docs, can you tell me if spine surgery and spinal cord injury medicine are the same?

Spinal cord injury: No. Spine surgery is performed to decompress and stabilize the spine. Spinal cord injury medicine is used to reduce inflammation. Physiatrists or rehabilitation physicians who specialize in spinal cord injury focus on rehabilitation to restore function. Therapy begins after surgery to speed and enhance recovery. ...Read more

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What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind of physical therapy should I do for cervical spine nerve damage?

What kind/level?: First see a rehab doctor or neurologist to be sure physical therapy won't be dangerous. If it isn't serious you are likely to need strengthening of any affected muscles with neck and arm range of motion. Cervical traction is useful for some disc ruptures. Again see the doctor first. You might have something that could cause paraplegia or a tumor or a disc needing surgery or epidural injections. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat head and spinal cord injuries?

How do doctors treat head and spinal cord injuries?

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

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What are the tests for spinal cord injuries?

ASIA Exam: Spinal cord injuries are graded using a scale called the asia score. This looks at strength, sensation and function of the bowel and bladder. Mri imaging is the best to try to localize a pathologic level of a spinal cord injury. Sep is another type of test than can help find injuries as well. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of postural hypotension, and what's it got to do with the spinal cord injury?

What is the technical definition of postural hypotension, and what's it got to do with the spinal cord injury?

Postural hypotension: ...is a big problem for many patients with SCI, particularly those with cervical or high thoracic spine injuries. It occurs from damage to the nerves of the autonomic nervous system. Some can be treated with just salt tablets, but there are medications which can help if needed. Exercise, including usingelectrical stimulation (FES) or bodyweight-suported treadmill, can be useful. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are "spine surgery" and spinal cord injury medicine basically the same?

Are "spine surgery" and spinal cord injury medicine basically the same?

Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine includes treatment of conditions associated with SCI including spasticity, bowel and bladder issues, pain, and loss of function. Specialists in this area are certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and may have subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. The Spine Surgeon performs surgery to address spinal instability caused by fracture. ...Read more

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In what way are spinal cord injuries similar to heart injuries?

In what way are spinal cord injuries similar to heart injuries?

Sounds like a riddle: Okay, i give up. In what way are spinal cord injuries similar to heart injuries? ...Read more

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My MRI showed "clumping of the nerve roots" and" parpara spinal muscle edema and mild atrophy" what do these mean? Please help! :(

My MRI showed "clumping of the nerve roots" and" parpara spinal muscle edema and mild atrophy" what do these mean? Please help! :(

Previous surgery?: A condition called chronic arachnoiditis can cause clumping of the nerve roots. Previous surgery or nerve damage can cause the changes in the paraspinal muscles you describe. A neurosurgeon or orthopedic back surgeon can give you the best guidance. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor would perform neurolysis of the obturator nerve? Orthopedic or neurosurgeon?

What kind of doctor would perform neurolysis of the obturator nerve? Orthopedic or neurosurgeon?

Orthopedic surgeon: This diagnosis and surgical treatment best undertaken by an orthopdic speialist who deals with hip reconstruction and pelvic/acetabular fractures. ...Read more

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Traumatic brain injuries resulting from time served in iraq. What do physicians use to diagnosis a mild case of tbi?

Traumatic brain injuries resulting from time served in iraq. What do physicians use to diagnosis a mild case of tbi?

Mild TBI: Mild tbi is often diagnosed from your history and is very common in the iraq and afghanistan conflicts because of the significant use of explosive devices. Soldiers are much more likely to survive blast injuries because of the improved body armor they wear. The armor does not protect the brain well. There are not specific diagnostic tests available but functional mris are used as a research tool. ...Read more

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How do physicians read a MRI of the spine spondylolisthesis?

How do physicians read a MRI of the spine spondylolisthesis?

It Depends: In a patient with spondylolisthesis (forward slippage of one vertebra on the one below), an MRI is most helpful in evaluating the extent of spinal stenosis caused by this misalignment of the vertebra. ...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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Dr. William Newton
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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

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