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what are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Numbness, paralysis: Spinal cord injury affects the function of things below the site of the injury. There is a direct relationship between the spot on the cord damaged and changes below that point. So, the higher up the injury, the more damage is noted. This can be leg numbness or paralysis, the same for arms and if the neck is involved, breathing may be affected.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

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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A 25-year-old member asked:

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.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can you treat spinal cord injury before emergency paramedics arrive?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Immobilization: If you suspect someone has suffered a spinal injury, keep them from moving (particularly any head or neck movements) until the ambulance arrives.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How is a spinal cord injury typically diagnosed?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Multiple ways: A thorough history, physical examination, and review of the appropriate imaging studies can lead to a diagnosis of spinal cord injury. Sometimes further nerve testing and spinal fluid sampling may be necessary.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the major symptoms following a spinal cord injury?

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Dr. Gael Yonnet
Neurology 15 years experience
See answer below: There is a broad variety of different spinal cord injuries depending on the severity and location of the injury and the list of symptoms is even broader and depends on the specific injury type. Resulting symptoms can be loss of motor control and sensation in two or four limbs, neurogenic bladder and bowel and the list goes on...

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