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Spinal Cord Location And Function
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.
Contains the nerves: Which go to your muscles of your body and also to the sensory receptors in your body. You have a complex nervous system which has sympathetic, parasympathetic and yoru sensation and motor control. These neurons and axons are in the spinal cord and control your body. It transmits the electrical impulses which control yoru bodies functions and muscles.
Fiberoptic cables: Like phone cords, the brain connects down through the brainstem by tracts like fiberoptic cables connecting the motor/sensory areas of the brain to the areas of the spinal cord sending out nerves to your body. Long and very complex but wonderfully made!
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.See 2 more doctor answers
I'm suffering from spinal cord injury c6/c7 complete. I can say that my hands function is 70% on its normal my legs are 0%. How to strenghten my legs?
Focus on arms: I would suggest you focus on the arms now. The best recovery occurs one level below the level of your injury which means that you should work on the muscles of the arms (triceps) and hands as these will help you be independent with your own care. If you start getting any strength back on the legs then move to work on that.See 2 more doctor answers
What location would you puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain has an infection?
Not the spinal cord: Lumbar puncture is done below the spinal cord itself, usually between 3rd and 4th or 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. Spinal cord ends at about first lumbar vertebra but the membranes containing cerebrospinal fluid extend below that. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/lumbar-puncture/my00982.
Not very: The spinal cord is roughly 18 inches long and somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inch in diameter. It extends from the foramen magnum (the giant hole at the base of the skull) to approximately the 10th-12th thoracic vertebrae.See 1 more doctor answer
Spinal cord injury: Anything that can cause pressure, gradually or suddenly, may injure the spinal cord. That would include arthritis, herniated disc, tumor, infections. Instability would allow the cord to be stretched or bruised: after trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, surgery. Vascular abnormalities could interfere with spinal cord circulation like a stroke. Abnormal spinal fluid flow could cause internal cord damage.See 1 more doctor answer
Spinal fluid (CSF): Cerebrospinal fluid is produced deep in the brain and then flows down and out around the spinal cord, bathing the brain and cord in protective fluid. It is primarily water with ions (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium), protein, glucose, and other trace substances.See 1 more doctor answer
Spinal cord: Actually yes, it is also called medulla spinalis, medulla means a structure in the middle of the organ and spinalis is related to the vertebral spines as the peripheral nerves originate from the spinal cord on both sides of the vertebral spines.See 1 more doctor answer
Much too common: Since many spinal cord injuries result in permanent numbness, weakness, and even paralysis, it is important to protect your spinal cord. Avoid high risk behaviors and be smart. During summer months especially we see spinal cord injuries from jumping head first into shallow pools or rivers, and from high speed car/motorcycle accidents, often with alcohol involved. Be safe!See 2 more doctor answers
Not all: Check your make and model and then consult the specific website for recall info.
Unlikely: Lethal issue. There are a variety of survivable spinal conditions.
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