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Dr. Paul Kreienberg
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Paraplegia (Overview)

Paraplegia is an inability to move the legs due to damage to the spinal cord.


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What is the definition of spastic paraplegia?

What is the definition of spastic paraplegia?

SPASTIC DIPLEGIA: Spastic paraplegia means weakness in all four limbs, but legs are weaker than the arms, spasticity will be more obvious in legs rather than arms, spastic paraplegia or also called diplegia is common in premature babies who have complication of prematurity like intraventricular hemmorhage which leads to white matter changes around the midline in the brain which controls the motor function of the le. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Kreienberg
271 doctors shared insights

Paraplegia (Overview)

Paraplegia is an inability to move the legs due to damage to the spinal cord.


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What are the symptoms associated with paraplegia?

What are the symptoms associated with paraplegia?

See below: Symptoms of paraplegia are paralysis or weakness of the lower extremities. There may also be loss of sensation in the lower extremities. Some people with paraplegia also have something called spasticity which is an increase in muscle tone that can cause stiffness and spasms in the legs. Some people may have problems with normal function of the bowels and bladder some people may have sexual problem. ...Read more

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Postive babiniski sign after car accident and paraplegia can improved?

This has many : This has many variables including how long ago the accident was, was the spinal injury complete or incomplete, whether the spine remains stable or unstable, was the spinal cord decompressed if compressed in the first place and the age and health of the patient. A babinski sign does not predict prognosis. An incomplete spinal cord injury may improve with time. ...Read more

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My wife is 29 & is diagnosed with koch's spine with (lt) psoas abscess, paraplegia/bladder affection.She's under treatment.Will she be cured?

My wife is 29 & is diagnosed with koch's spine with (lt) psoas abscess, paraplegia/bladder affection.She's under treatment.Will she be cured?

Koch's disease: This is tuberculosis affecting the spinal column. It can obvious extend to areas adjacent to the spinal segment(s) involved such as the psoas muscle, and can also cause interruption of nervous pathways resulting in paralysis. She will probably be cured of tuberculosis, but to what degree her neurologic impairment will reverse is very problematic and will require much time and patience. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for paraplegia caused by a c6-c7 spinal injury?

No cure but : Cervical cord injury is very serious. Common causes are accidents from diving into a pool or whiplash from car accident or hyperextension injury during football. Often the spinal cord is crushed or the blood flow to the cord is stopped so that a region of the cord dies off due to injury and/or lack of blood supply. There is no repair for this. Good rehabilitation can recover whats possible. ...Read more

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Can functional magnetic stimulation (fms) help treat paraplegia?

Can functional magnetic stimulation (fms) help treat  paraplegia?

See below: Fms helps preserve muscle bulk in paralyzed muscles. It helps with circulation and joint health. It is not a cure for paraplegia but it is helpful to keep these muscles in good shape for the day (hopefully in the not too distant future) when we have a treatment to cure paralysis. The drawbacks are that is takes time, can tend to be expensive. But if the resources are available, i recommend it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for paraplegia?

See below: Paraplegia means weakness or paralysis of the lower extremities. Paraplegia can be caused by injuries to the spinal cord caused by trauma , infections, tumors and other less common causes. The treatment depends on the cause. If the cause is trauma, often the treatment will initially consist of high dose steroids as well as cooling of the body temperature to decrease further damage. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for paraplegia?

Yes: Depending on severity, adaptive devices may well be available. Many pts can use wheelchairs, and some paraplegic veterans have actually done races, using ultralight chairs. Bracing systems may help, rehabilitation programs teach a variety of coping styles. Meds for spasticity are available. Stem cell research is proceeding. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about spastic paraplegia? How dangerous is it?

What can you tell me about spastic paraplegia? How dangerous is it?

If your question is : about an Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, please specify age of onset of symptoms, clinical course thus far & results of genetic testing. Progression of symptoms depends on the type, as you can see on this site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1509/. It has medical terminology, but you can get an idea of the different types & different patterns of inheritance. ...Read more

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Which condition/disorder would prevent movement in legs (besides paraplegia)?

Which condition/disorder would prevent movement in legs (besides paraplegia)?

Not sounding good: If someone can't move their legs it would be a nerve problem from the spine or a brain problem from a stroke it would be an emergency if just happening, there could also be a significant infection in the spine or a blood flow problem to the spine or a bleed in the spine or brain. ...Read more