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Why do you become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury?

Why do you become paralyzed after a 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 more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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People who survive spinal cord injury and are paralyzed neck down. How is it possible that they survived?

With good care: You need very careful medical care if you have such an injury. A nurse is helpful. A physcial therapist and neurologist and neurosurgeon all work together. ...Read more

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In what ways are people able to survive a serious spinal cord injury (paralysis)?

In what ways are people able to survive a serious spinal cord injury (paralysis)?

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 more

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How could you lose weight when you have a spinal cord injury?

How could you lose weight when you have a spinal cord injury?

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 more

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My boyfriend is paralyzed from spinal cord injury but we eventually want kids. Is this possible?

My boyfriend is paralyzed from spinal cord injury but we eventually want kids. Is this possible?

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 more

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I would like to find athletes that suffered from spinal cord injuries?

I would like to find athletes that suffered from spinal cord injuries?

Spinal cord injury: There are a number of web sites that have services for people with spinal cord injuries. The american association of neurological surgeons supports organizations that deal with both head injury and spinal cord injuries. ...Read more

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If you have a spinal cord injury can you walk or move arms?

If you have a spinal cord injury can you walk or move arms?

Difficultly : If you have a significant spinal injury, usually symptoms are weakness, and sensory loss below the level of injury as well as bowel/bladder problems. ...Read more

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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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My reflexes are hyper very brisk if my peripheral nerves were severely damaged could the spinal cord be compensating ?

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

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If you have a spinal cord injury can it make your fingers hurt?

If you have a spinal cord injury can it make your fingers hurt?

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 more

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How do stretch reflexes find a spinal cord injury?

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 more

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Do you think stem cells have the potential to cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

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 more

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How to determine what level of injury you are if you had a spinal cord injury?

How to determine what level of injury you are if you had a spinal cord injury?

"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 more

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Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?

Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?

Avulsion: Yes, severe stretch trauma can cause avulsion of the spinal nerve rootlets from the cord. Unfortunately, when this occurs, the damage is irreversible. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes: If weakness is due to spinal cord compression, that compression must be relieved on an emergency basis to prevent paralysis. Surgery may be used for that. . I think there is essential information not being shared with us here. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not exactly: You could have surgery to decompress a nerve in that area that is compressed, but surgery to seperate two congenitally fused vertebrae is not done or recommended in that area. ...Read more

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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

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