What are the respiratory effects of spinal cord injuries at c7-8?

Minimal. In such injuries the phrenic nerve remains intact. Only intercostal nerves aren't working; adaptation rapidly develops.

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Supposing you have a C7 spinal cord injury. Woud you be considered a quadriplegic?

Yes. Cervical spinal cord injuries are considered quadriplegic. It is based on the extremities affected. So at c7 upper extremities would be affected, leading to that naming of the paralysis. Read more...
Spinal cord injury. An injury at C7 would affect your hands and arms but the shoulders and upper arms would be intact so this would be a partial quadriplegic depending on how severe C7 was involved. Read more...
Yes. Quadriplegic or Tetraplegic describes the involvement of the limbs in the condition of plegia or paralysis. Quadra or Tetra means 4. The C7 myotome and dermatome innervate the arms and the level below C8 does as well. In spinal cord injury the level of injury is often described as the highest level noted to have full neurologic function, using the INSCIS or "ASIA" scale. Read more...

Can men with spinal cord injury (c6 and c7) have sexual intercourse?

Not easily. There is no sensation beow the chest if the patient has a complete spinal cord injury. I have heard some patients can get an erection using viagra (sildenafil) but they should consult a urologist with experience treating spinal cord injury patients. Read more...
Yes. The goal is provide treatment to achieve and maintain an erection. Erection can be achieve with oral or intraurethral medications. If medications are not effective, erection can be achieved by direct stimulation of the penis, penile vibratory stimulation device or vacuum penile pump device. To maintain erection, patients use a constrictor device or "cock ring." do not use constrictors over 30 min. Read more...

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. Read more...
FES. Depending on the completeness of your injury, you may be able to strengthen you legs. Functional electrical stimulation (fes) is a method by which you place elctrodes on the muscles you want to strengthen and a "shock like" signal is transmitted to your muscle-nerves-spinal cord. This will cause your muscles to move. With time your muscles become stronger. Read more...
Complete cervical in. Based on your question ,I am worried that you have not been given a complete understanding of your injury. Ask your treating team to give you a better understanding of what you can expect and need to do. Read more...