How do doctors treat head and spinal cord injuries?

Complex process. It's a complex process that depends on the severity of the injury, and on what other injuries and illnesses the person has. The main stages: --acute care and stabilization --post-acute rehabilitation--usually inpatient: intensive rehabilitation, patient and family education, prevent complications --home care--more rehab, adjust to home environment --outpatient--rehab to optimize recovery.

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for spinal cord injury, acute?

Spinal neuro surg. It would be great if the patient can be air-transport to the center of excellence medical center for spinal cord injury for possible surgical intervention if the window of treatment is still viable --. Read more...
ER. If you suspect an acute spinal cord injury, you need to go to the emergency room right away. There are time-limited treatments for swelling that have been proven to be effective. Read more...
ED / Neurosurgeon. The patient should be taken to a center skilled in the evaluation and management of acute spinal cord injury. They need treatment for the trauma basics (a-b-cs) and they need specific care for their spinal cord injury as well. If they have a fracture dislocation it should be addressed expeditiously. These injuries can often be helped if the patient gets appropriate care. 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...

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Terrible injury. As the term implies, the spinal cord is severed ( usually from trauma) resulting in permanent paralysis below the level oc injury. Read more...

How close are doctors to finding a cure for spinal cord injury?

Slow, small advances. The spinal cord is very complex, with millions of tiny nerve cells packed into a small area. Spinal cord injury disrupts these nerve cells, and they don't grow back together well at all. Many researchers are working on this problem, and slow progress is being made. We are still many years away from being able to completely cure this problem. Read more...

Can a physical exam by doctor rule out spinal cord injury?

Neuro exam. A detailed neurological examination usually can determine that a spinal lesion is unlikely, but cannot rule out 100%. Read more...