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Why Do You Become Paralyzed From Spinal Cord Injury
Loss of function : The spinal cord provides a communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body and it helps to modulate those 2 way communications. If injured , this communication can be affected leading to variable presentations including paralysis depending on what level is injured and to what extent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good rehabilitation: A good rehabilitation program will focus in maximizing function of people with paralysis. The exact rehabilitation interventions will depend on the level of injury (the part of the spine affected). Many of my patients have spinal injuries and very productive lives. Things are done differently and they are harder to do but independence and fulfillment are possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fewer calories: The number of calories you need when you cannot exercise is surprisingly small. If you are gaining weight or not losing, you are getting more calories than need.Tricks to getting to healthy weight include avoiding drinking calories (unless of course you are unable to eat solid food safely), avoiding snacking between meals, eating high fiber diet (fiber bulks up in the stomach and reduces appetite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Seek medical care from a university center with coordinated care from physical medicine, urology and gynecology for fertility. Sperm harvest and implantation is well studied, and a successful technique for your situation. Avoiding infections and making preparations to start your family will require more care, planning and good nutrition. Age over 40 is concerning. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My reflexes are hyper very brisk if my peripheral nerves were severely damaged could the spinal cord be compensating ?
Test for hypereflex: Hyperreflexia spinal disorders & back pain could have a connection that may be checked by specialized testing like electromyography and MRI to figure out the intricate nerve connections. Hyperreflexia could be resultant of other nervous disorders as well. You need to see a specialist like neurologist or physiatrist to check you with imaging and emg, nerve conduction tests to get accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Spine & finger pain: Yes. Problems affecting the spinal cord inside the neck and the nerve roots that come out between the vertebra of the neck can cause hand & finger pain (involving all 5 fingers). Other rare disorders like a cyst inside the central cord area (syrinx) can cause what is called "stocking-glove paresthesias"--unpleasant sensations in both hands & feet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reflexes=levels: Stretch reflexes in the arms and legs can all be connected mostly to 1 or 2 spinal cord levels above the injury level reflexes will be normal. Depending on the age and location of the injury reflexes below the injury will either be missing early on or stronger than normal later. Also helpful to diagnosis is that left and right sides may be different from each other. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you think stem cells have the potential to cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?
My opinion - no: Connections within the spinal cord are very complex. Injury is often very severe with destruction of structures, infarction, necrosis, etc. Cells send fibers from the brain to the muscles through very complex pathways. A simple stem cell can not replace these connections. Atrophy of muscles will not be helped. Bowel and bladder function may not be helped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"ASIA" Exam: In spinal cord injury there are key muscles and sensory regions, that are graded either intact or impaired/absent. The highest level that has all of these intact is often described as the level of injury, using the INSCIS or "ASIA" exam EX. C7= at C7 all motor and sensory is intact. This is different than the anatomic level where the physical insult occurred. Ask your Dr to perform one ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?
Will doctor operate if both arm and legs are weak astrophy and wasting away even stomach muscle is weak do to a compressed spinal cord or pinch nerve?
If u have a congenital c2 And c3 verterbrea can u get surgery to separate the verterbrea if they are putting pressure on it spinal cord or nerve?
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