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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. William Newton
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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

Spinal cord injury is a condition in which a person has damage to the nerves in his spinal cord (which is protected inside the spine from the brain to the tailbone). Injuries such as those from car accidents, climbing accidents, or gunshot wounds often cause paralysis (loss of use of legs, abdominal ...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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How soon after a spinal cord injury is it okay to give the person a massage?

How soon after a spinal cord injury is it okay to give the person a massage?

Depends : On the degree of injury, the mechanism of injury, and any concommitant complications or other injuries. Once the individual is stable, there are no blood clots, no open wounds, and no signs of any other injury or autonomic dysfunction the patients doctor can determine if it is safe. This can be within days, weeks or longer depending on the individual situation. ...Read more

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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

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. ...Read more

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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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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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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

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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