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Doctor insights on: Spinal Cord Location And Function

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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 you please tell me functions of the spinal cord?

Can you please tell me functions of the spinal cord?

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. ...Read more

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How much experience will the person who is monitoring my spinal cord function have?

How much experience will the person who is monitoring my spinal cord function have?

Not sure: I am not sure what you mean by monitoring the spinal cord? Did you have surgery on it? Are you in an exercise program? The person who monitors it - is he a surgeon, physical therapist? We need to know more before we give you answers. ...Read more

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The function of the spinal cord and how does it work with the brain?

The function of the spinal cord and how does it work with the brain?

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! ...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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Im 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?

Im 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. ...Read more

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What location would you puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain has an infection?

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. ...Read more

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How big is the spinal cord?

How big is the spinal cord?

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. ...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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What can injure the spinal cord?

What can injure the spinal cord?

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. ...Read more

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What kind of fluid fills the spinal cord?

What kind of fluid fills the spinal cord?

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. ...Read more

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Is there another name for the spinal cord?

Is there another name for the spinal cord?

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. ...Read more

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How common are injuries to the spinal cord?

How common are injuries to the spinal cord?

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! ...Read more

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Could dr. Reconnect nerves to my spinal cord?

Could dr. Reconnect nerves to my spinal cord?

Not yet I am: Sorry to say. This is something medicine is working on very hard right now with stem cells and grafts, but the science just is not there yet. ...Read more

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How can they not pierce the spinal cord in an lp?

TECHNIQUE: The lumbar puncture is performed below the level of the spial cord. The nerve roots are usually mobile and are pushed out of the way by the needle. ...Read more

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In what way are nerves in the spinal cord damaged?

Most often trauma: Trauma can either sever the nerves or cause enough inflammation and swelling that a section can die off, with same results. Other things, such autoimmune, ischemia (lack of blood flow) and infection, can severely damage the cord as well. ...Read more

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What happens if your spinal cord is crushed or cut?

What happens if your spinal cord is crushed or cut?

Bad Prognosis: If spinal cord is severed, all functions inferior will be essentially ablated, and paralysis, sensory perception loss, and bowel/ bladder function will be destroyed. A crush is more variable with maybe some preservation of function, but could be as severe as through and through cut. ...Read more

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Is the spinal cord stymulator really been recalled?

Not all: Check your make and model and then consult the specific website for recall info. ...Read more

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What is a space occupying lesion on the spinal cord?

What is a space occupying lesion on the spinal cord?

Abnormality: Any abnormality that occupies a space that normally is occupied by spinal cord in above reference.. It usually refers to a suspicious tumor but could be blood, pus or cyst etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a baby not to have a spinal cord?

Is it possible for a baby not to have a spinal cord?

Unlikely: Lethal issue. There are a variety of survivable spinal conditions. ...Read more