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How can rehabilitation help people recover from spinal cord injuries?

How can rehabilitation help people recover from spinal cord injuries?

Improve function: Rehabilitation can help spinal cord injured patients with maximizing their function. Inpatient rehabilitation can educate the patient on bowel and bladder management and functional transfers. The rehabiliation team can also assist families with ongoing care, education, home modification and transfer training. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Injuries (Definition)

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How can strength training prior to a spinal cord injury (paralysis) affect recovery?

How can strength training prior to a spinal cord injury (paralysis) affect recovery?

A good start: Having good musculature before a neurologic injury may aid in recovery as the availability of neuromuscular junction receptors may be more primed towards stimulation. Also, post injury atrophy may not be as bad, so again more muscle to work with. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to recover from spinal cord injuries?

Are there any ways to recover from spinal cord injuries?

Yes: If you mean a complete cure for paralysis, we do not have that yet. However, there can be a great deal of natural recovery depending on the extent of the damage. Also, rehabilitation programs for spinal cord injury can help a great deal in terms of helping the person with spinal cord injury become as independent as possible for their injury. ...Read more

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What are some ways to recover from a spine injury?

What are some ways to recover from a spine injury?

Rehab: Rehab may optimize recovery form spine injury. Treatment depends on the type of injury, if surgery was required and the presence or absence of weakness, paralysis or bowel and bladder problems. Usually physical therapy plays a large part in the rehab process which may include walking, core and extremity strengthening. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you recover from brain-injury?

Can you recover from brain-injury?

Yes and no: There is a "s" curve of recovery. Recovery may stall or be slow at first, then pick up sharply with remarkable effect, but then slow again short of full recovery. Careful directed therapy, careful use of medications, and good motivation all play a part in how complete the recovery may become. ...Read more

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How could fat cells be able to help people with spinal cord injuries?

How could fat cells be able to help people with spinal cord injuries?

Stem cells - Future: Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury. Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs. There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away. ...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 might fat cells be able to help people with spinal cord injuries?

How might fat cells be able to help people with spinal cord injuries?

Still researching: There is a possibility that fat cells may be able to stimulate regeneration of damaged nerve cells. This research, however, is still in its infancy, and is not ready for clinical use. Several academic centers are doing basic laboratory research to see if this may be a potential treatment option. ...Read more

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How can spinal cord injury patients manage their body temperature?

How can spinal cord injury patients manage their body temperature?

Environmentally: Good question. Patients with spinal cord injury (particularly higher level, more complete injuries) are 'poikilothermic' meaning that their environment dictates their body temperature. Out in the heat, a person with quadriplegia may run fever. In the cold, hypothermia is a real concern. The best solution: get out of the elements. Dress appropriately, layer, and monitor body temp while outdoors. ...Read more

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How can people with a spinal cord injury control their bowels?

How can people with a spinal cord injury control their bowels?

Some may not: Be able to control their bowels. Depending on the level of injury and whether it is a complete or incomplete injury, a spinal cord patient may or may not be able to control their bowels. Some will get on a strict bowel regimen to help and others may need other interventions. ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen help you to recover from brain injury?

Does hyperbaric oxygen help you to recover from brain injury?

Yes: Texas researchers have found that patients with long-standing but stable traumatic brain injury (tbi) show a general improvement in speech, memory and attention after undergoing a series of hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments. Dr. Paul harch and colleagues presented their findings in seattle at the undersea and hyperbaric medical society annual scientific meeting. ...Read more

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How could someone suffering from spinal cord injury operate power or manual wheelchair?

Depends: This depends on the level of the injury. If only the persons legs are injured they can use their arms. If they are injured and can not use their arms, several options exist for them to direct their chair. ...Read more

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Can rehab help me with a traumatic brain injury?

Yes: Contact a brain injury rehabilitation program. If you have difficulty identifying one contact your state Brain Injury Association for recommendation ...Read more

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What are some rehabilitation exercises to do after a traumatic brain injury?

What are some rehabilitation exercises to do after a traumatic brain injury?

Brain Injury: Rehabilitation after a traumatic brain injury depends on the deficit. However, a multi-discipline approach with physical, occupational and speech therapy is needed. The treatment depends on the injury. Seek help through your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Can a senior recover from mild concussion without brain damage?

Can a senior recover from mild concussion without brain damage?

Absolutely: As a matter of fact, most people recover from concussions without permanent brain damage. It may be important to have a consultation with a neurologist/neurosurgeon to determine what other factors may impact the timeline for recovery. ...Read more

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How can you apply cpr in patient with spinal cord injury?

How can you apply cpr in patient with spinal cord injury?

The same as others: Always perform CPR in a patient until you know exactly what the injury is. Spinal cord injury in the thoracic and lumbar spine is compatible with life, and good CPR could save this patient. However, acute high cervical spine injury could render CPR "futile" depending on the exact injury. But unless you know exactly the injury, continue with CPR until someone with medical expertise takes over care. ...Read more

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Can a root canal affect recovery from sports injuries?

Can a root canal affect recovery from sports injuries?

Positively: It is not a good idea to have any type of infection in your body. A root canal treatment is normally done when you have an infected tooth. If you are getting over a sport injury than you want your body or immune system working trying to heal your injuries and not fighting an infection. ...Read more

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Dr. William Newton
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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Rehab (Definition)

Rehab is an abbreviation for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is the process of restoring one back to good physical or mental health ...Read more