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Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

No: Sciatica is a pain symptom of a pinched nerve in the spine. Spinal cord injury is an actual/potential damage to the spinal cord resulting in a sensory or motor deficit. The two are very different. Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about either. ...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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Spinal cord compression treatment?

Relieve compression: Spinal cord compression usually requires urgent surgical intervention to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a form spinal cord injury?

No: Spinal Cord Injury is very different than sciatica. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist that can discuss this in more detail for you. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord insult?

What is spinal cord insult?

Cord Injury: Its a generic term used for injury to the spinal cord. Usual causes include infection, trauma, autoimmune/inflammatory and from multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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Bowel management for spinal cord injury?

Bowel management for spinal cord injury?

What type of injury?: Upper motor neuron, or lower motor neuron injury will start to guide the management. Then there are too many variables that will need to be considered. A sci bowel routine is best developed with a specialist in the field. See an sci doc or nurse they can help. If unable consider this, the paralyzed veterans of america have developed a consumers guide to sci bowel care. Download for free at pva web. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord stimulator cause pinched nerve ?

Can a spinal cord stimulator cause pinched nerve ?

If: Placed correctly should help with pinched nerve, sometimes they migrate (leads) go have them checked. ...Read more

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Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Depends: Spinal cord injury is very complex and the ability to "fix" the problem depends on many things including how badly the nerves have been injured, the age of the patient, the mechanism of injury, etc. Unfortunately, the overall healing potential of the spinal cord is quite poor and many injuries result in permanent problems. ...Read more

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Does c spinal cord injury affects brain function?

Does c spinal cord injury affects brain function?

No: Spinal cord injury affects portions of the body b elow the site of the injury. The brain is not affected, but these injuries are frequently very disturbing and sometimes dangerous. The person suffering from this can be depressed and needing of assistance in many other ways. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Sciatica: The sciatic nerves arise from the branches of l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) and s3. When these branches of these nerves come together they form the sciatic nerve. Because the sciatic nerve arises from each of these five nerves, often any one of these nerves can present also with the symptoms of sciatica. This nerve is considered a peripheral nerve, not a spinal cord nerve. ...Read more

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How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

Very: It can lead to paralysis. It needs to be managed by an expert in an appropriate setting. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it. ...Read more

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Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Yes: Treatable yes....Curable possibly. See a spine orthopedist. ...Read more

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What is tethered spinal cord syndrome?

What is tethered spinal cord syndrome?

Stretched spine: Tethered cord syndrome is where the spinal cord is stretched because it failed to grow along with the rest of the spine. The cord is attached to the sacrum but as we grow as a child this attachment lengthens along with our body growing taller. When this does not happen, the cord stretches and this causes pain, weakness, and bowel/bladder problems. If very symptomatic, it requires surgery. ...Read more

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What are wheelchair transfers after a spinal cord injury?

See answer below: Wheelchair transfers refer to transfers that a person with a spinal cord injury who is using a wheelchair must perform when going from the wheelchair to a bed, to a couch, to a car, to a shower bench, and back into the wheelchair. Sliding boards are initially used to make the transfers easier. ...Read more

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Is nerve injury the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Is nerve injury the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Possibly: Nerve injury implies some kind of damage to the nerve itself. While spinal cord and nerves are both nervous tissue, nerves typically are structures that have branched outside the spinal cord. Injury to the sciatic nerve, for example, is not considered a spinal cord injury. They are very different structures. ...Read more

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Does a spinal cord injury always mean paralysis?

Does a spinal cord injury always mean paralysis?

No: Fortunately, not all spinal cord injuries cause paralysis. Milder versions of the injury may simply contuse the cord and may result in little to no neurologic deficits. Other more severe injuries may severley bruise or sever the cord causing a spectrum of neurologic deficits based on location and type of injury. Full recovery is less likely with severe injuries. ...Read more

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What amount compensation for spinal cord injury and heart injury?

What amount compensation for spinal cord injury and heart injury?

Medical site: This is site for asking medical questions. You might want to try a lawyer's website. ...Read more

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I fell down and i think i hurt my muscles near my spinal cord and there is an internal bruise. Anything serious?

I fell down and i think i hurt my muscles near my spinal cord and there is an internal bruise.  Anything serious?

Depends: This really depends on your neurological exam and pain. If there are any neurological deficits or significant pain then you need to be imaged. Otherwise, if its just some pain and you don't have any altered sensation/weakness or any other problems besides a bruise and some pain more than likely you are completely fine. Hope you are doing ok! ...Read more

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What is spinal cord insult?

Cord Injury: Its a generic term used for injury to the spinal cord. Usual causes include infection, trauma, autoimmune/inflammatory and from multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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Whats the functions of the spinal cord?

Whats the functions of the spinal cord?

Many functions.: The spinal cord is essentially the information highway from the brain to the body and vice versa. Without the spinal cord, your brain would not be able to control the movements of your body, and sensation input from your body could not reach your brain. For example: hand touches hot stove-->body sends information to brain (along spinal cord)-->brain tells body to get hand off stove. ...Read more

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Can lupus attack the spinal cord?

Can lupus attack the spinal cord?

Yes: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an auto-immune disorder (antibodies attack the body's own connective tissue in multiple organs). It can be anything from a very mild disorder to one which affects the kidneys, skin, joints, linings of heart or lungs, heart, etc. And yes, the central or peripheral nervous system, including spinal cord. There are many different neurologic manifestations of lupus. ...Read more

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Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Depends: Spinal cord injury is very complex and the ability to "fix" the problem depends on many things including how badly the nerves have been injured, the age of the patient, the mechanism of injury, etc. Unfortunately, the overall healing potential of the spinal cord is quite poor and many injuries result in permanent problems. ...Read more

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What is tethered spinal cord syndrome?

Stretched spine: Tethered cord syndrome is where the spinal cord is stretched because it failed to grow along with the rest of the spine. The cord is attached to the sacrum but as we grow as a child this attachment lengthens along with our body growing taller. When this does not happen, the cord stretches and this causes pain, weakness, and bowel/bladder problems. If very symptomatic, it requires surgery. ...Read more

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Top causes of spinal cord inflammation?

Myelitis: Multiple sclerosis can present with a partial transverse myelitis; neuromyelitis optica; viral post infectious or acute transverse myelitis; sarcoidosis; compressive myelopathy; infections (syphilis, lyme's disease, poliomyelitis). ...Read more

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Can you tell me about spinal cord infarct?

Can you tell me about spinal cord infarct?

Spinal infarct: Spinal cord infarct is the same as a stroke- sudden decreased blood flow within part of the CNS (central nervous system). Compared to the brain, the spinal cord receives much less blood flow, but like the brain, it can suffer from a stroke. A spinal cord infarct is less common than a (cerebral) stroke. It also tends to affect the legs, as motor supply to the legs must pass through the spinal c. ...Read more

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What are the causes of spinal cord abscess?

What are the causes of spinal cord abscess?

Multiple reasons: There are multiple causes of spinal cord abscess. The risk factors for spinal infection include: 1. Infection in another location that spreads to the spine (for example - a bladder or kidney infection that then spreads to the spine via the veins) 2. Recent spinal surgery 3. Patient with a compromised immune system (diabetics, smokers, patients with cancer, hiv/aids, patients needing dialysis). ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tethered spinal cord?

Can you tell me about tethered spinal cord?

Tethered SC: Cause is tissue attachments which limit movements of the spinal cord within the spinal canal & cause stretching of the cord. Examples are Spina Bifida congenital anomaly, injury to the cord, or narrowing due to aging. ...Read more

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How well does a spinal cord stimulator work?

Depends: They can work very well in the properly selected patient, who has failed most other conservative measures and doesn't have any psychosocial or secondary gain issues. A trial is done first to make sure it helps before implanting one. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spinal cord injuries?

ASIA Exam: Spinal cord injuries are graded using a scale called the asia score. This looks at strength, sensation and function of the bowel and bladder. Mri imaging is the best to try to localize a pathologic level of a spinal cord injury. Sep is another type of test than can help find injuries as well. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tethered spinal cord?

Most often pain: Will be present, and this can include neurologic signs at that level, such as sensory changes or weakness as well. If it is suspected, and MRI should be ordered and it can show tethering normally. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Hmmm: Can't be described in 400 characters. Probably can't be appropriately described in a 400 page text book. There are 7 cervical vertebrae, 12 rib bearing thoracic vertebrae, 5 non-rib bearing lumbar vertebrae (there are normal variants to these by the way) .There are 5 fused sacral vertebrae, and usually 3 vestigial coccygeal bones. The spinal cord extends from the brain down to about l1/l2, and.... ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ms in the spinal cord?

What are the symptoms of ms in the spinal cord?

See below: Please consult this site for symptoms of MS. Note that, by definition, MS affects multiple sites in the nervous system. http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-symptoms#1 ...Read more

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Why people have spinal cord injuries every year?

Why people have spinal cord injuries every year?

?: I'm unsure about the meaning of your question. Did you mean how many people have spinal cord injuries each year? If so, statistics say 40 per million people per year have traumatic spinal cord injury. If you actually meant why, the answers are extremely varied and complex. Per statistics, mvas account for 47%, falls for 23%, violence for for 14%, sports for 9% and other for 7%. ...Read more

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Could you have an extra bone in your spinal cord?

Could you have an extra bone in your spinal cord?

Vertebral column?: I am assuming you mean on the bony part, like an extra vertebrae? Yes, technically you can, although this is extremely rare. What is more common is the lack of "sacralization" or connection of a sacral vertebra that looks like an extra lumbar vertebrae. You can also have accessory, or one extra rib on each side in your low cervical spine. ...Read more

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Can I still run with a spinal cord implantation?

Can I still run with a spinal cord implantation?

Depends on advice-: -of your implanter, as well as what is it in for. Implants can be used for delivery of meds or stimulaters for pain. Ask THE MAN! ...Read more

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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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