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How could a spinal cord injury affect the musculoskeletal system and the integumentary system?

How could a spinal cord injury affect the musculoskeletal system and the integumentary system?

Weakness, numbness: The paralysis from spinal cord injury causes varying degrees of weakness and muscle loss (atrophy), depending on the severity of the injury. There may also be spasticity or tightness of the muscles, putting a person at risk of contractures (joint rigidity). Numbness from spinal cord injury places a person at risk of developing pressure sores-- pressure relief is paramount for prevention. ...Read more

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Dr. William Newton
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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

Spinal cord injury is a condition in which a person has damage to the nerves in his spinal cord (which is protected inside the spine from the brain to the tailbone). Injuries such as those from car accidents, climbing accidents, or gunshot wounds often cause paralysis (loss of use of legs, abdominal ...Read more


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How would a incomplete Spinal cord injury at T5 Affect the Circulatory system?

How would a incomplete Spinal cord injury at T5 Affect the Circulatory system?

Hard to say...: Hi UMays My sympathy for you or whoever has the injury..any spinal injury can cause major changes, and regulation of circulation is one of them. Saying that, effects on respiration and upper cord function should be minimal. Regulation of circulation to lower gut, bladder, and lower limbs may be changed. this includes control of sexual response. Good luck. ...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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Do all prion diseases predominately affect the brain or also the spinal cord and nerves?

Do all prion diseases predominately affect the brain or also the spinal cord and nerves?

Prion: Prions are proteins that have changed conformation, so that the normal function of the protein inside the cells won't work. The prions' also causes other normal proteins to misfold and make more prions, spreading the process. The prions affect many cells in the body, but they particularly harm nerve cells in the brain, causing progressive rapid degeneration. They are not alive, and have no dna. ...Read more

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What is the role of spinal cord in the nervous system?

What is the role of spinal cord in the nervous system?

Connector: The spinal cord connects the nerves in the brain with the nerves throughout the body. ...Read more

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Are "spine surgery" and spinal cord injury medicine basically the same?

Are "spine surgery" and spinal cord injury medicine basically the same?

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 more

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How does your spinal cord and the Circulatory systerm work together?

How does your spinal cord and the Circulatory systerm work together?

Closely together: The circulatory system provides blood to spinal cord (and everything else in your body). Nurves from spinal cord control heart rate and other circulatory function in return. ...Read more

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Can the immune system attack directly peripheral nervous system go beyond mylein sheath and destroy the whole of the nerve?

Can the immune system attack directly  peripheral nervous system go beyond mylein sheath and destroy the whole of the nerve?

Neuropathy: Yes. Immune mediated neuropathies can occur where the primary target is the myelin and the process is so severe that axonal injury (nerve core) can occur. Immune response primarily directed to the axon (nerve core) cam also occur and are typically more severe and less likely to recover from. Secondary myelin injury always occurs in this type of axonal injury. ...Read more

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In what way are spinal cord injuries similar to heart injuries?

In what way are spinal cord injuries similar to heart injuries?

Sounds like a riddle: Okay, i give up. In what way are spinal cord injuries similar to heart injuries? ...Read more

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Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?

Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?

Avulsion: Yes, severe stretch trauma can cause avulsion of the spinal nerve rootlets from the cord. Unfortunately, when this occurs, the damage is irreversible. ...Read more

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What organ is most affected by stroke? The heart/circulatory or brain and spinal cord?

What organ is most affected by stroke? The heart/circulatory or brain and spinal cord?

Brain: Stroke is a condition that primarily affects the brain.There are ischemic strokes where a particular blood vessel is blocked and the part of the brain that is perfused is deprived of blood/oxygen and then dies.There are hemorrhagic strokes where there is the accumulation of blood in the brain (intracerebral hemorrhage)or aneuysmal bleed where the blood spills out into the outer layers of the brain. ...Read more

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How does an injury to the spinal cord affect the nerves?

How does an injury to the spinal cord affect the nerves?

Depends on damage: The spinal cord serves as a conduit for information to/from the brain.If cord injury is minor(brief compression/shock) the information transfer may stop for a time & return after any swelling/etc.Is gone. If the injury kills a segment of the cord, the sensation below the segment is lost and voluntary control of muscles below the injury is gone (permanent paralysis). Reflex mvt may persist. ...Read more

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Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

No : Nerve injury is different than spinal cord damage. Spinal cord damage is more severe than nerve injury. ...Read more

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Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

No: The nerves are outside the axial skeleton, and the spinal cord is contained in the bony structure. ...Read more

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Could an injury to the spinal cord cause mental damage?

Could an injury to the spinal cord cause mental damage?

Also watch for meds: Agree with excellent answer above. Additionally, many of the medications used for spinal cord injuries (especially pain medicines and muscle relaxants) can cause cognitive issues. ...Read more

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Which spinal nerves are associated with the sympathetic nervous system?

Which spinal nerves are associated with the sympathetic nervous system?

Learning: You have asked a lot of questions that are suggestive that this is related to school project. It is important to learn and not just look for a quick answer. http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain_spinal_cord_and_nerve_disorders/autonomic_nervous_system_disorders/overview_of_the_autonomic_nervous_system.html ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Circulatory Disorders (Definition)

Circulatory disorders is a term for any disease that affects veins or arteries ...Read more