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My cousin had gone through a severe accident which lead him to a c6 spinal cord injury. He had been operated and the operation was successful. How much time would it take for him to recover? Will he be able to walk completely on his own feet? What are the chances?

Dr. Julie Mercy J David 88% (8968 ratings)
Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
My cousin had gone through a severe accident which lead him to a c6 spinal cord injury. He had been operated and the ...
He can definitely do physiotherapy until he becomes functionally independent. Instead of soft cervical collar, we suggest patients to wear hard collar.
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I am spinal cord injuries patient level d6, d7, d8. I am suffering from 4 years and I am also suffering from scoliosis. When I stands with support of walker then my waist cramps left side so I can't stand straight. Then, please advise me what should we do.

Dr. Apoorva Pandey 92% (18 ratings)
MS-General Surgery, Mch-Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon, Bhopal
I am spinal cord injuries patient level d6, d7, d8. I am suffering from 4 years and I am also suffering from scoliosi...
You need to undergo MRI and CT spine scoliosis protocol. Then you will need a neuro or a spine surgeon with experience in deformity correction to evaluate your back. And plan the necessary treatment. It could be conservative management i.e. Exercises and physiotherapy or surgical correction of the deformity.
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Arthritis Of Spine - All You Need To Know About It!

Dr. Suhel Khan 86% (10 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Orthopaedics, DNB (Orthopedics), MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Pune
Arthritis Of Spine - All You Need To Know About It!
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Spinal Cord Injury - Are You Aware Of The Signs?

MCh - Neurosurgery, MBBS
Neurosurgeon, Chennai
Spinal Cord Injury - Are You Aware Of The Signs?

A spinal cord injury is a damage to the spinal cord. It’s an extremely serious type of physical trauma that’s likely to have a lasting and significant impact on most aspects of daily life.

The spinal cord is responsible for sending messages from the brain to all parts of the body. It also sends messages from the body to the brain. We are able to perceive pain and move our limbs because of messages sent through the spinal cord.

If the spinal cord sustains an injury, some or all of these impulses may not be able to ‘get through’. The result is a complete or total loss of sensation and mobility below the injury. A spinal cord injury closer to the neck will typically cause paralysis throughout a larger part of the body than one in the lower back area.

Causes-

A spinal cord injury is often the result of an unpredictable accident or violent event. The following can all result in damage to the spinal cord:

  • A violent attack such as a stabbing or a gunshot
  • Diving into water that’s too shallow and hitting the bottom
  • Trauma during a car accident (specifically, trauma to the face, head and neck region, back, or chest area)
  • Falling from a significant height
  • Head or spinal injuries during sporting events
  • Electrical accidents
  • Severe twisting of the middle portion of the torso

Symptoms-

Some symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:

  1. Problems walking
  2. Loss of control of the bladder or bowels
  3. Inability to move the arms or legs
  4. Feelings of spreading numbness or tingling in the extremities
  5. Unconsciousness
  6. Headache
  7. Pain, pressure, stiffness in the back or neck area
  8. Signs of shock
  9. Unnatural positioning of the head

If you suspect that someone has a back or neck injury:

  • Don’t move the injured person – permanent paralysis and other serious complications may result
  • Call 911 or your local emergency medical assistance number
  • Keep the person still
  • Place heavy towels on both sides of the neck or hold the head and neck to prevent them from moving until emergency care arrives
  • Provide basic first aid, such as stopping any bleeding and making the person comfortable, without moving the head or neck

Prevention-

Because spinal cord injuries are often due to unpredictable events, the best you can do is reduce your risk.

 Some risk-reducing measures include:

  1. Always wearing a seatbelt while in a car
  2. Wearing proper protective gear while playing sports
  3. Nver diving into water unless you’ve examined it first to make sure it’s deep enough and free of rocks

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I am suffering from erectile dysfunction. I am not able to sustain an erection beyond 2-3 minutes and is also not hard enough for intercourse. It has been 2 years since marriage and I am now looking for medication to help me overcome this problem. I have a previous history of spine injury (L3 injury almost 4 years ago. I maintain good physical activity like going to gym regularly which includes weight training and cardio. Please suggest solution as it is effecting my life both mentally and physically.

Dr. Bhagyesh Patel 96% (8331 ratings)
MS - General Surgery, FMAS.Laparoscopy
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
I am suffering from erectile dysfunction. I am not able to sustain an erection beyond 2-3 minutes and is also not har...
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Mujhe ankylosing spondylitis hai pochle 12 sal se. Mai sabhi jagah gya lekin mujhe iska koi ilaj nhi mila. Meri halat tab se lagatar khatab hai. Mujhe kuch ab aage samajh nhi aata. Mujhe karwat tak nahi li jati. Kya mujhe indian spine injury center jana chahiye ya waha se bhi kuch fayada nhi hoga. Meri financial condition bhi bahut kharab hai. Please mujhe hindi me bataiye mai kya karu.

Dr. Julie Mercy J David 88% (8968 ratings)
Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
Mujhe ankylosing spondylitis hai pochle 12 sal se. Mai sabhi jagah gya lekin mujhe iska koi ilaj nhi mila. Meri halat...
Ankylosing spondylitis is a cause of back pain in adolescents and young adults. Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joints Chronic inflammation in these areas causes pain and stiffness in and around the spine, including the neck, middle back, lower back, and buttocks. Over time, chronic inflammation of the spine (spondylitis) can lead to a complete cementing together (fusion) of the vertebrae, a process referred to as ankylosis. Ankylosis causes loss of mobility of the spine. Pt treatment deep breathing for lung expansion and stretching exercises to improve spine and joint mobility. Are also advised to sleep on a firm mattress and avoid the use of a pillow in order to prevent spine curvature. Aerobic exercise is generally encouraged as it promotes full expansion of the breathing muscles and opens the airways of the lungs.
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My father had met an accident 40 days back, has been on bed, developed bed sores on starting point of spine. Looking red and white. A little area is secreted g white thing. Dr. at ALIGARH Medical just asked to apply betadine. Please help and guide for fastest healing.

Dr. Pankaj Jindal 89% (37 ratings)
MS - Orthopaedics, Clinical fellowship hand surgery
Orthopedist, Pune
My father had met an accident 40 days back, has been on bed, developed bed sores on starting point of spine. Looking ...
Wound depth and size need to be assessed. A deep wound and a large wound will need skin cover with a flap. It heels fast then.
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Spinal Cord Injury - Tips To Help You Recover!

Dr. Pradyot Kumar Govil 86% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Mch - Neuro Surgery
Neurosurgeon, Ghaziabad
Spinal Cord Injury - Tips To Help You Recover!

A spinal cord injury involves damage to the spinal cord either from trauma, loss of the normal blood supply, or compression caused by a tumor or infection. These injuries can either be complete; wherein there is a complete loss of sensation and muscle function in the body, below the level of the injury or incomplete; wherein there is some remaining function below the level of the injury. In most cases, both sides of the body are affected equally.

Classification of the spinal cord injuries

  • High-cervical: It involves the topmost vertebrae in the spinal column, which can result in partial or full paralysis if the spinal cord is severed.
  • Low-cervical: Damage to this area can affect the function of the upper limbs.
  • Thoracic: It involves the center of the spinal column; damage to this area can impact the muscles and nerves of the trunk.
  • Lumbar: It is the commonest site of lower back pain; damage to this area can affect the lower back and limbs.
  • Sacral: Any trauma to the tailbone can cause damage to the nerves in the sacral part of the spine.

Several cases of spinal cord injury are treated with surgery. The two major goals of surgery involve relieving the pressure on the spinal cord and stabilizing the spine.

Quick recovery from spinal cord injuries

Damage to the spinal cord often causes inflammation of the surrounding tissues. A smooth and quick recovery can be achieved by promptly addressing the inflammation post-injury. Following tips can help regain a normal range of motion, promote fast healing, and eliminate pain:

  • Cold therapy: One of the best ways to treat inflammation is with cold application. The lower temperature causes constriction of blood vessels, which reduces the flow of blood to the injured area and helps control swelling. Additionally, a reduced body temperature around an injury slows down cellular metabolism and cell death, minimizing the amount of tissue repair required. Also, pain reduction by a brief deadening of nerve endings and lessening sensation in the affected area is achieved with cold application.
  • Ample rest: Overexertion has to be avoided during the recovery period to ensure that the body gets a lot of rest. Adequate rest needs to be supplemented with a healthy diet to provide the body with all the nutrients it needs for healing.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy is an important component of fast recovery in a spinal cord injury. Gentle strengthening and stretching exercises will help an individual regain range of motion, improve flexibility, and build the surrounding muscles to support the spine. It is advised to work closely with a physical therapist and follow their instructions for better results.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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5 Exercises That Can Keep Your Spine In Perfect Shape!

Dr. Aamir Kaleem 87% (10 ratings)
M.P.T, Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Bangalore
5 Exercises That Can Keep Your Spine In Perfect Shape!

Spinal cord is a very important part of your body as it renders support to your body.  It also gives your body a good posture and thus, maintaining a healthy spine is very essential. An unfit spinal cord can lead to various complicated problems. The following are five must do exercises in order to maintain a healthy spine:


1. Exercising your core muscles can help you to maintain a fit spine. Your core muscles refer to the muscles of your lower back and your abdominal muscles. These muscles give support to your spine. So exercising them can give you a healthy spine.


2. Walking regularly can also give you a healthy spine. It is suitable for people of all age groups. Daily walking can help you to recover from various spinal illnesses as well such as spinal stenosis.


3. Swimming is also good exercise for maintaing a fit spinal cord. Swimming helps to exercise all back muscles and thus, gives you a healthy spinal cord.


4.  Lying down straight with your face down on an even and firm surface for about twenty minutes can help you to get a healthy spine and also a good body posture.


5.  Cycling can also help you achieve a healthy spine. While cycling, all your back muscles and the muscles of the lower part of your body are engaged in physical activity. If the muscles of your lower back are strong, then it can help you to keep your spine fit.


Other than these exercises, stretching your limbs and other stretching exercises are also beneficial for a healthy spine. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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5 Physiotherapy Exercises For Spinal Cord Injury

Dr. Vishwas Virmani 94% (19751 ratings)
MPT, BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
5 Physiotherapy Exercises For Spinal Cord Injury

1.Maintaining Passive and Active Range of Motion

The patient’s lower limb should be moved passively by the therapist through full range of motion if the patient is not able to perform the movement actively. Wherever the patient is likely to put his active efforts to perform the movement, the therapist should encourage it as this will not only maintain the active range but will also help the patient to maintain the properties in his muscles. 

Passive movements need to be given every two hourly hence the patient’s relative attending him should be taught the correct way of handling and giving passive movements without producing undesired movement of the spine.Passive movement helps to maintain the normal physiological length of soft tissues and prevents tightness. 

It maintains the memory of the movement pattern in brain which may help in the later stages of recovery. Passive movements also help in reducing spasticity if given in a gentle, slow and rhythmic manner.Along with passive movements, all the biarticular muscles of the lower limb should be stretched.

2.MAINTENANCE OF GOOD BRONCHIAL HYGIENE 

As the patient is totally bedridden it leads to deconditioning of the respiratory system. Moreover in higher cord lesion due to respiratory muscle weakness, the patient needs ventilatory support which further increases the chances of lung infection. Hence proper lung hygiene should be maintained by given proper positioning, nebulization and regular suctioning. If the patient is not on ventilatory support then he should be taught 

3.BREATHING EXERCISES and encouraged doing it every hour. 

4.ACTIVE EXERCISES 

As soon as the patient shows signs of active contraction of muscles and active participation, all the exercises that needs active cooperation of the patient should be started. These exercises are essential to make the patient functionally independent. The common exercises which are incorporate into the treatment program consist of Mat exercises, strengthening techniques, weight bearing exercises, normalizing tone in the lower limb, gait training and transfer activities.

5.MAT EXERCISES

To prepare the patient for gait training and erect posture mat exercises play a very important role. These exercises consist of those activities that may help the patient to achieve some functional independency. 

The activities consist of turning to each side, rolling and bridging. Similarly in prone position the patient may be given activities such as coming on to the forearms,coming on to extended forearms, quadripedal position with the help of some external support, kneeling with support, half kneeling etc.

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