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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spine specialist: Seek out a spine specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more
6 months.: It could be up to 6 months, but in many cases they resolve sooner. ...Read more
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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