What are the tests for spinal cord injuries?

ASIA Exam. Spinal cord injuries are graded using a scale called the asia score. This looks at strength, sensation and function of the bowel and bladder. Mri imaging is the best to try to localize a pathologic level of a spinal cord injury. Sep is another type of test than can help find injuries as well.

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Why people have spinal cord injuries every year?

? I'm unsure about the meaning of your question. Did you mean how many people have spinal cord injuries each year? If so, statistics say 40 per million people per year have traumatic spinal cord injury. If you actually meant why, the answers are extremely varied and complex. Per statistics, mvas account for 47%, falls for 23%, violence for for 14%, sports for 9% and other for 7%. Read more...

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

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 more...

What do doctors consider to be a spinal cord injury?

As it says. It is any injury to yuor spinal cord which is centrally located in your spine. It has multiple levels usually related to the vertebral body level. Ask you doctor if you are unsure. Read more...

Are there any ways to recover from spinal cord injuries?

Yes. If you mean a complete cure for paralysis, we do not have that yet. However, there can be a great deal of natural recovery depending on the extent of the damage. Also, rehabilitation programs for spinal cord injury can help a great deal in terms of helping the person with spinal cord injury become as independent as possible for their injury. Read more...

Are there effects of spinal cord injuries? What are they?

Depends on Level. Cervical (quadriplegia) results in the partial or complete loss of arm and leg function as well as the loss of bowel and bladder control and sexual function (males), sensation (females) although some remain able to conceive. Paraplegia (thoracic and lumbar) result in much the same except the arms are spared. Complete injuries (no sensation/movement don't recover. Incomplete have better prognosis. Read more...
Depends upon level . & if complete or incomplete spinal cord transection injury, or just bruising oe a bleed. Most spinal cord injuries result in loss of normal bladder control & ?Also affect bowel control. Below the neck injuries tend to result in paraplegia, loss to muscle control sensation below level of injury. Cervical injuries can cause quadriplegia, loss of ues of all 4 limbs. V. High cervical need ventilator. Read more...

How could you lose weight when you have a spinal cord injury?

Depends on injury. Anything that uses energy (calories) will help one lose weight, as long as he doesn't eat or drink back more calories right after the activity. Paraplegics can exercise, quadriplegics cannot. Examples: if rolling in a wheel chair, take a longer route; park a block from school and roll there with the kids; at home, skip dessert and go roll around the block instead. Join wheelchair sports and races. Read more...
Fewer calories. The number of calories you need when you cannot exercise is surprisingly small. If you are gaining weight or not losing, you are getting more calories than need.Tricks to getting to healthy weight include avoiding drinking calories (unless of course you are unable to eat solid food safely), avoiding snacking between meals, eating high fiber diet (fiber bulks up in the stomach and reduces appetite. Read more...

How will the growth spurt affect a child's spinal cord injury?

Profoundly! It depends upon the degree of and age of the child, age of injury and neurological sequelae. You need a pediatric neurology consult and perhaps an MRI of the spine. Sometimes we see that growth spurt may have favorable effects on the neurologic sequelae. Talk to your pediatrician and get a pediatric neurology and pediatric endocrinology consult. Read more...
See below. This depends on the extent of the original spinal cord injury. There will probably be minimal effect. However, if any symptoms occur be sure to quickly have them evaluated. Read more...