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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 is a spinal cord tumor and where can I get more info on it?

What is a spinal cord tumor and where can I get more info on it?

Ask your doc: You need to know if your tumor is benign or malignant. Your doctor will know. You also need to know where it is on your spine because tumors higher up will have different symptoms than ones lower down. Once you know these two things, it's easier to get more info. Your doctor or his/her nurse should also be able to answer your questions. ...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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What causes most spinal cord injuries to occur in the cervical or lumbar region?

What causes most spinal cord injuries to occur in the cervical or lumbar region?

Trauma: Most causes of spinal cord injury result from trauma. Some diseases can also cause spinal cord injury as well. Anatomically there is no spinal cord beyond the L1 level of the lumbar spine. ...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 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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What is spinal cord stimulation?

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal Stimulation: A spinal cord stimulator is a device used to exert pulsed electrical signals to the spinal cord. Applications for the control of spinal spasticity, augmentation of standing and stepping capabilities is identified. Scs has notable analgesic properties in the treatment of failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome and refractory pain due to ischemia. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord stimulation like?

Electrifying!: Spinal cord stimulation performed for relief of chronic pain involves insertion of electrodes in the back part of the spinal canal. These are guided up to a level at which pain reduction occurs upon administration of a small electric current. Spinal cord stimulation is rarely done for other purposes in routine practice. ...Read more

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