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What is a spinal cord Injury?

A: A spinal cord injury is an injury which affects the spinal cord, a key part of the central nervous system. In the wake of an injury to the spinal cord, a patient will experience disabilities below the level of the injury. spinal cord injuries vary widely in severity, which makes proper diagnosis very important to ensure that a patient receives the correct level of care. Because such injuries are a major concern for people who have been in traumatic accidents, training about spinal cord
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If You Have A spinal cord Injury, Is It Difficult To Move Your Rib Cage Or Diaphragm?

A: What can and cannot be moved with a spinal cord injury depends on both the level of the injury and the severity (damage or severing). Someone with a lumbar spine injury is less impaired than one with a thoracic spine or cervical spine injury. Cervical injuries are the most severe. The diaphragm is innervated by the phrenic nerve, which actually travels outside the spinal cord right after the brainstem (hence quadriplegics can still breathe). Moving ribs theoretically could be affected. The answer depends upon the location of the spinal cord injury; consult a qualified medical professional before seeking to move any...


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Cervical C1 & C2 Dislocation & spinal cord Injury

A: Hi Kevin, Thanks so much for your question. Sorry to hear about this. It is hard to predict what is going to happen right now. This injury is considered an incomplete spinal cord Injury (SCI) because the cord is not severed. The cord is like a rope and when it is damaged it"s hard for each strand to be reconnected properly for the impulses to travel to and from the brain. That said, it is encouraging that she is able to attempt to move her hands and limbs and also responding to other stimuli. The nerves that may have been damaged can regenerate and re-attach themselves to the cord. As far as regaining what she had before the injury, it"s very hard to tell...


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What Are Different Types of Treatment for spinal cord Injury?

A: An injury to the spinal cord is typically permanent and irreversible, but there are still a variety of treatments that can be used to limit the damage and help patients recuperate to the best of their abilities. There are several stages to treating this type of injury: emergency actions to minimize the initial trauma, early or acute care to diagnose the full extent of the issue and correct as much as possible, and rehabilitation to help patients regain some of the physical functionality that may have been lost. Initial treatment for spinal cord injury can include immobilization of the spine, surgery, and drug therapy, while long-term treatments often include physical therapy, medications,...


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If You Have A spinal cord Injury, Is It Difficult To Move Your Rib Cage Or Diaphragm?

A: What can and cannot be moved with a spinal cord injury depends on both the level of the injury and the severity (damage or severing). Someone with a lumbar spine injury is less impaired than one with a thoracic spine or cervical spine injury. Cervical injuries are the most severe. The diaphragm is innervated by the phrenic nerve, which actually travels outside the spinal cord right after the brainstem (hence quadriplegics can still breathe). Moving ribs theoretically could be affected. Generally, no. Those muscles are controlled by the phrenic nerve which exits early and travels outside the spinal cord and thus is...


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spinal cord injury with atlantoaxial instability

A: I applaud your decision to get a second opinion on your son"s case.  The fusion surgery is a major undertaking and it is well worth the time and effort to get another doctor"s view on the case. Having said that, I would like to point out that an injury at C1-C2 is the same level that Christopher Reeve injured his spinal cord.  The fusion surgery does work and in Reeve"s case, it saved his life.  I think that you are very fortunate that your son had not had any problems from the injury so far considering that he is an active 5 year-old.   You should also understand that any surgery involving the spinal cord is risky but it may well be more risky to leave your son"s...


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Is An Induced Coma A Treatment For spinal cord Injury?

A: Not at all. Induced coma is simply a treatment for a brain that has swelled. Has nothing to do with a spinal cord injury. An induced coma can be a treatment for a very severe neurological injury. It is only done for very serious injuries, and is not commonly needed. However, if the injury is bad enough, and particularly if there is also some brain damage, it can happen. Basically, it is a way to keep the person still and let the body heal. No. Induced coma is not a treatment for spinal cord injury. Induced coma is not related to spinal cord injury and that it has a completely differnent treatment...


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Is An Induced Coma A Treatment For spinal cord Injury?

A: Not at all. Induced coma is simply a treatment for a brain that has swelled. Has nothing to do with a spinal cord injury. An induced coma can be a treatment for a very severe neurological injury. It is only done for very serious injuries, and is not commonly needed. However, if the injury is bad enough, and particularly if there is also some brain damage, it can happen. Basically, it is a way to keep the person still and let the body heal. No. Induced coma is not a treatment for spinal cord injury. Induced coma is not related to spinal cord injury and that it has a completely differnent treatment...


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Embryonic Stem cell research and spinal cord Injury

A: Hi Julie, Thanks so much for your questions. First of all, I am not a doctor. I suffered a spinal cord injury in 1977 and throughout the years, I"ve gained a lot of experience and knowledge of the spinal cord. As far as I know, embryonic stem cell research is just that...research. No one has ever had the affects of their spinal cord injury reversed due to the use of embryonic stem cells. If they had, nearly every person with an SCI would line up to have the procedure done. If and when there is a procedure developed, it won"t matter about the genetic makeup. Using stem cells is not like using a donated organ. Personally, I don"t...


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spinal cord injury rehabilitation

A: Hi.  I tried researching this on the Internet, but found nothing.  The only thing I can figure it means is that she is "guarding" against moving due to pain or some other reason.  He"s saying her muscle tone is the way that it is because her body is "guarding against" any movement in her shoulders and arms for some reason, and that relaxation techniques will stop this guarding against movement and allow movement it to occur.   I think he could have explained that to you better than he did. I think biofeedback will benefit her more than relaxation techniques, but try both anyhow.  Also make sure her upper extremities are stretched everyday and exercised to.  Also remember, she hasn"t been hurt a full year yet. It takes that long for the swelling in the

 
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