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spinal cord compression C4,c5c6c7

A: Koshav, In regards to your mother, a chiropractor can possibly help her with her spinal cord compression if in fact the compression is due to a subluxation.  A subluxation is when a spinal bone is in the wrong position and irritates nerves, the spinal cord itself, or even the brainstem.  This is only something that can be determined by a chiropractor and in this instance I would recommend an Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractor. To answer question #2:  Decompression can help if it is done very mildly and not too often.  Over use of the decompression table can actually cause instability and vulnerability to future injury.  We do not use any...


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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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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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What is spinal cord Compression?

A: spinal cord compression can be one of the most painful injuries to the back. With spinal cord compression, the spinal cord is compressed by blood, bone, pus, tumors, or a herniated disc. A healthy spinal cord is protected by the spine, but some injuries and diseases can put added pressure on the spinal cord and spinal cord nerves, thereby causing pain. The pain may last only a few minutes, or in some cases, for days at a time. The symptoms of spinal
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What One Can Observe in a spinal cord Diagram?

A: The spinal cord is one of the most important components of the human body and consists of an assemblage of support cells which extend from the brain forming the central nervous system of the body. It is important for several reasons. The spinal cord diagram is a spectacular thing to look at purely because it shows one how important the spinal cord is, with connections to each and every part of the body. It helps us appreciate the need to take proper precautions and ensure the spinal cord is not injured in any way. This is why injuries to this part of the body usually result in devastating...


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Old spinal cord injury t/11 t/12 fusion

A: First of all I need to say - I am not a doctor, a healthcare person, and have not had this condition. But it did peak my interest a little so I did some research. Basically from all that I found that it is possible with upper or thoracic spinal cord Injuury (SCI) which I think severe narrowing would fall into that category that it could predispose a patient to several events especially like: 1) CVA (stroke) and 2) Predispose patient to A. fib. by altering the normal. pattern of repolarization of the atria,making the heart susceptible to reentrant-type arrhythmias. You said you have an SVT arrhythmia and that is a reentrant type tacycardia. So I would assume it is possible that your spine is helping contribute to...


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Why does injury to spinal-cord/brain only decrease sympathetic activity?

A: Green: Ok! I am not ready or willing to agree with your conclusion that: extensive dilation of blood vessels throughout the body, as well as a significant decrease in heart rate." indicates a decrease in sympathetic activity and/or an increase in parasympathetic activity. There are specific neurological and electronic testing measures which will measure the balance and that is the only way I know to measuring it. So, you are starting with a flawed premise, from my perspective. I know of no studies that show a specific change in autonomic system balance with head or spine injuries. It would depend on the effect of the injury. Did it cause enough damage to kill the function of the nerves, just reduce the function of the nerves or did it actually stimulate the function of the...


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Why does a crush fracture of a thoracic vertebra rarely result in damage to the spinal cord?

A: In a crush fracture, the vertebral body collapses. This may not cause displacement of intervertebral (IV) discs or any of the verebral components. Thus, the spinal cord is unlikely to get injured. Crush fracture of the body indicates collapse, and so long the vertebral arch and IV discs are not dirupted the spinal canal will not be compromised. But that may also be applicable to all regions. The thoracic region however as it is convex posteriorly, collapse of the vertebral body will simply increase the convexity....
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IS spinal cord MS worse than more lesions in the brain

A: Hi Debbie   I do apologize that your question has not been answered sooner.  This must have been such a shock to hear such news.  I cannot even begin to imagine all the emotions you must be feeling.    Let me first preface my answer with the fact that nobody has a crystal ball.  Nobody can accurately determine your future with this disease.  There are some trends, however, which I will share with you.  Also know that I am not a doctor or medical professional and your doctor will be the one to give you the most guidance on this.   One of my fellow MS bloggers had asked my friend who is a neurologist a very similar question.  I am going to give you the link to the question and answer session and I will cut and paste that...
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5 Facts About The spinal cord

A: spinal cord is a part of nervous system and it has different lengths in male and female. In male length of spinal cord is 45 cm and in female it is 43 cm. Secondly, the length of spinal cord is shorter as compare to the length of the bony structure of spinal column. Thirdly, spinal cord originates from the base of the brain and it extends to the waist of the body. Fourthly, the primary function of spinal cord is the transmission of neural inputs between the brain and periphery. Moreover, human

 
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