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supposing you have a c7 spinal cord injury. woud you be considered a quadriplegic?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Yes: Cervical spinal cord injuries are considered quadriplegic. It is based on the extremities affected. So at C7 upper extremities would be affected, leading to that naming of the paralysis.
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Spinal cord injury: An injury at C7 would affect your hands and arms but the shoulders and upper arms would be intact so this would be a partial quadriplegic depending on how severe C7 was involved.
Dr. Kristin Gustafson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes: Quadriplegic or Tetraplegic describes the involvement of the limbs in the condition of plegia or paralysis. Quadra or Tetra means 4. The C7 myotome and dermatome innervate the arms and the level below C8 does as well. In spinal cord injury the level of injury is often described as the highest level noted to have full neurologic function, using the INSCIS or "ASIA" scale.

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

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
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.
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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc.
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How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Very: It can lead to paralysis. It needs to be managed by an expert in an appropriate setting.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Why do you become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Spinal Cord Injury: When the spinal cord, the spine is damaged, severed, cut, or crushed, the softer tissues of the cord are damaged, often permanently. These nerves come from the brain, go the internal organs, the arms, legs, muscles, skin all over the body. Damage is permanent, the nerves will not work, and the brain cannot feel or control the muscles, which is the definition of paralysis.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have an acute spinal cord injury?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Nerve damage: An acute spinal cord injury refers to nerve damage involving the spinal cord-- this is the large bundle of nerves that carries impulses to the arms, legs, and trunk for muscle control, as well as relays sensory information from the same areas to the brain for feeling pain, temperature, & other sensations. Cord injury impairs these functions. Severity depends on the extent & location of the injury.

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