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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Medical site: This is site for asking medical questions. You might want to try a lawyer's website. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: If all that was injured is the coccyx. The spinal cord ends in the upper lumbar spine. The coccyx or "tail bone" is a small boney structure off the end of the sacrum. There are no associated spinal cord components that far down the spinal collumn. Injuries to this bone and surrounding soft tissues can be very painfull however, and perpheral nerves can be involved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Orthopedic: Mri shows right foraminal narrowing (moderate-sev) but notes no central cervical spinal canal stenosis. Any impingement into spinal cord?
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
Cervical spine MRI showed normal spine curvature but straight spinal cord that didn't follow spinal curve. What is this?
Normal: The cord does not travel exactly as the bony architecture does. This is likely more of a comment by the radiologist rather than any real pathology. ...Read more
My MRI shows focal myelomalacia involving the cervical cord at C5-C6. Severe spinal cord stenosis at C3-C4. Subtle cortical edema inferior to the sten?
Numbness, paralysis: Spinal cord injury affects the function of things below the site of the injury. There is a direct relationship between the spot on the cord damaged and changes below that point. So, the higher up the injury, the more damage is noted. This can be leg numbness or paralysis, the same for arms and if the neck is involved, breathing may be affected. ...Read more
Reflexes=levels: Stretch reflexes in the arms and legs can all be connected mostly to 1 or 2 spinal cord levels above the injury level reflexes will be normal. Depending on the age and location of the injury reflexes below the injury will either be missing early on or stronger than normal later. Also helpful to diagnosis is that left and right sides may be different from each other. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine includes treatment of conditions associated with SCI including spasticity, bowel and bladder issues, pain, and loss of function. Specialists in this area are certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and may have subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. The Spine Surgeon performs surgery to address spinal instability caused by fracture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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