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Minor and Major spinal cord Injuries

A: The structures which make up the vertebral column—the vertebrae and discs, spinal fluid and the meninges—have evolved such that they provide the delicate spinal cord with exceptional support and protection. However, it’s not a fool-proof system. spinal cord injuries can and do occur, and the effects are often devastating, particularly in the case of serious injury. Normal wear and tear—which occurs over time as we age—can cause minor and serious problems. As we age, the cartilage discs which cushion the vertebrae dry out and become less flexible, and this can cause the spine itself to stiffen noticeably. The end result is that movement of the...


Human Nose Cells used to Treat spinal cord injury

A: The spinal cord is hugely fragile and well-protected within a sheath of bone and cartilage. Damage done to the spinal cord can be particularly devastating, not only because of damage done at the moment of injury, but also due to the inflammatory response which follows. Treatment for such injuries is currently very limited (the standard treatment is an injection of steroids to suppress the inflammatory response), but experimental treatments are promising. The use of stem cells to regenerate destroyed nerve tissue is under investigation in many institutes, but recently, an entirely novel approach was investigated by researchers at the Neural


Current and Experimental Treatment for spinal cord injury

A: Serious spinal cord injuries which cause paralysis are made all the more devastating by the fact that very often, the injured person will never fully recover. A serious injury may result in life-long paralysis. In rare cases, the injured person may partially or even fully recover their lost muscle function. However, there is simply no way of predicting whether this will happen in any given case. Current and experimental treatments focus on preventing damage to the spinal cord, and to attempting to repair the damage after it has been done. Unfortunately, much of the damage done to the spinal cord is done not as a...


Complete and Incomplete spinal cord Injuries

A: Traumatic spinal cord injuries – those that typically occur as the result of a fall or other serious accident – often lead to partial or full paralysis below the level of the injury. These types of injuries are broadly classified into two types: incomplete and complete injuries. Along with other factors such as sensation and touch tests, and muscle strength in various parts of the body, the American spinal cord injury Association uses the complete/incomplete types to classify these injuries....


Complications of spinal cord injury

A: Sustaining a spinal cord injury which causes paralysis is a devastating event for all concerned, for many reasons. The physical damage done to the spine can be extensive, and as well as a paralysis-causing injury and the psychological consequences, the injured person must also deal with the prospect of being at high risk of potentially dangerous complications. The effects and side effects of injuries which cause paralysis are highly dependent on where the injury actually occurred. Generally, damage to the upper sections of the spinal cord – in the neck and upper back – cause the most extensive loss of normal body...


spinal cord injury.

A: Dear Ekaterina,   I don"t know of any surgery that can be performed, but that does not mean there isn"t something out there. I think getting him into the United States is a great idea. I know a very good neurologist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His name is William P. Waring III, MD. Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  (414-805-7342, or Toll-free: 800-272-3666. ADDRESS; 9Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic - West at Froedtert %26 Medical College Clinics, 200 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53226 I think you could either write him or call him for further information. Even if there isn"t any surgery at this time your friend could still benefit by getting physical therapy, and help finding medical equipment that is most beneficial for his circumstances....


Tracheotomy after spinal cord injury

A: Dear Cristine, First off I am so sorry for your family having to go through this. Secondly I am not a doctor, but I am a C4-C5 quadriplegic who also had a tracheotomy. I was injured in 1973, so it is obvious that people do and can survive. I am assuming she has paralysis? I hope this helps you and I will keep good thoughts for your mom. Sincerely, Ken...


can i regain movement below my injury of a spinal cord injury

A: It is not unknown so persevere and above all - keep up hope...

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