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What Kind Of Doctors Work With Spinal Cord Injury
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 4 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neurosurgeon.: Neurosurgeons generally do this.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My MRI showed "clumping of the nerve roots" and" parpara spinal muscle edema and mild atrophy" what do these mean? Please help! :(
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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