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What are the most common signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury?
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Common spinal cord injury indicators include: Severe back pain or pressure on the spine, head, neck or back; Lack of strength or coordination; Loss of function or sensation in any part of the body (paralysis); Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet; Loss of bladder or bowel control; Difficulty walking or balancing while standing; […] Read More

Common spinal cord injury indicators include:

  • Severe back pain or pressure on the spine, head, neck or back;
  • Lack of strength or coordination;
  • Loss of function or sensation in any part of the body (paralysis);
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet;
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control;
  • Difficulty walking or balancing while standing;
  • Labored breathing;
  • Aggressive muscle spasms;
  • Sexual dysfunction;
  • Stinging in the spinal cord;
  • Inability to clear secretions from the throat of lungs.
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How long does a spinal cord injury take to show signs or symptoms?
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In most cases, the signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury are instantly apparent. Depending on the injury’s severity, some indicators may be unnoticeable until days or weeks following the injury. The period immediately following the spinal cord injury is the most critical in terms of medical treatment. Anyone suspected of having a spinal […] Read More

In most cases, the signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury are instantly apparent. Depending on the injury’s severity, some indicators may be unnoticeable until days or weeks following the injury.

The period immediately following the spinal cord injury is the most critical in terms of medical treatment. Anyone suspected of having a spinal cord injury should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible.

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What are the most common signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury?
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Signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include, but are not limited to: Severe back pain or pressure on the spine, neck, head, or back; Loss of strength or coordination; Paralysis in any part of the body; Numbness or tinging in fingers, toes, hands, or feet; Loss of bladder or bowel control; Difficulty […] Read More

Signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include, but are not limited to:

  • Severe back pain or pressure on the spine, neck, head, or back;
  • Loss of strength or coordination;
  • Paralysis in any part of the body;
  • Numbness or tinging in fingers, toes, hands, or feet;
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control;
  • Difficulty walking or balancing while standing;
  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Aggressive muscle spasms or reflexes;
  • Sexual dysfunction or sensitivity;
  • Stinging sensation in the spinal cord;
  • Inability to clear secretions from the throat or lungs.
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What are the signs and symptoms of vascular claudication in lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS)?
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Importantly, remember the 5 P-s of vascular claudication, as follows: Pulselessness; Paralysis; Paresthesia; Pallor; Pain. The absence of these symptoms, excluding pain and paresthesia, which are common to neurogenic and vascular claudication, should give the clinician confidence in the diagnosis of NC. If vascular claudication is suspected, referral to an internist for a workup is […] Read More

Importantly, remember the 5 P-s of vascular claudication, as follows:

  • Pulselessness;
  • Paralysis;
  • Paresthesia;
  • Pallor;
  • Pain.

The absence of these symptoms, excluding pain and paresthesia, which are common to neurogenic and vascular claudication, should give the clinician confidence in the diagnosis of NC. If vascular claudication is suspected, referral to an internist for a workup is indicated. This includes a serum cholesterol level, arterial Doppler studies, ankle-brachial index values, and, in some cases, arteriography.

Dural tension signs should be unremarkable. Lumbar segment mobilization often fails to reproduce pain, and trigger points are typically not present.

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What are the signs and symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis?
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Stenosis of the cervical spine causes the clinical syndrome of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). Initial symptoms may include subtle loss of hand dexterity and mild proximal lower extremity weakness, often without neck or arm pain. With progression, spastic quadriparesis begins. Pathologic reflexes such as the Hoffman sign, clonus, and/or the Babinski reflex may augment the […] Read More

Stenosis of the cervical spine causes the clinical syndrome of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). Initial symptoms may include subtle loss of hand dexterity and mild proximal lower extremity weakness, often without neck or arm pain. With progression, spastic quadriparesis begins. Pathologic reflexes such as the Hoffman sign, clonus, and/or the Babinski reflex may augment the diffuse hyperreflexia. Some patients also have associated ataxia from compression of spinocerebellar tracts.

If associated cervical root impingement exists, patients may experience sharp radicular pain into the affected arm, with associated paresthesia and weakness referable to the compressed root. Depending on the level, some upper extremity reflexes (biceps, triceps, brachioradialis) may be depressed or absent in such patients. Males older than 55 years most commonly are affected. Up to two-thirds of patients with myelopathy have deteriorating or unchanging conditions. They are also at increased risk of spinal cord injury in the setting of minor trauma.

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What can result from lateral canal stenosis?
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Lateral canal stenosis at any region of the spine may lead to nerve root compression. The patients may experience radicular pain, weakness, and numbness along with the distribution of the affected spinal nerve. Lateral recess syndrome in the lumbar spine is a result of such focal stenosis. Read More

Lateral canal stenosis at any region of the spine may lead to nerve root compression. The patients may experience radicular pain, weakness, and numbness along with the distribution of the affected spinal nerve. Lateral recess syndrome in the lumbar spine is a result of such focal stenosis.

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What results from stenosis of the central cervical and thoracic spine?
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Stenosis of the central cervical and thoracic spine may result in myelopathy from cord compression. Canal stenosis in the lumbosacral region often results in radicular pain, neurogenic claudication, or both. Read More

Stenosis of the central cervical and thoracic spine may result in myelopathy from cord compression. Canal stenosis in the lumbosacral region often results in radicular pain, neurogenic claudication, or both.

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Will I still have pain after spine surgery?
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You will get pain medicine immediately after surgery. Pain pills and muscle relaxers will be started as soon as you can have food. Your nurse probably will tell you to ask for medication when you need it. Even if you still have pain, you need to get out of bed and move as soon as […] Read More

You will get pain medicine immediately after surgery. Pain pills and muscle relaxers will be started as soon as you can have food. Your nurse probably will tell you to ask for medication when you need it.

Even if you still have pain, you need to get out of bed and move as soon as your surgeon says it is OK to do so. Moving and walking may help to decrease the pain.

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What are lumbar spinal cord injury symptoms?
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Patients with lumbar spinal cord injuries may experience: Paraplegia with functional independence; The need for a manual wheelchair for part-time or full-time use; Ability to ambulate using braces or other walking devices; Lack of bowel or bladder control.  Read More

Patients with lumbar spinal cord injuries may experience:

  • Paraplegia with functional independence;
  • The need for a manual wheelchair for part-time or full-time use;
  • Ability to ambulate using braces or other walking devices;
  • Lack of bowel or bladder control. 

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What is the L5 vertebra? What are the symptoms of an L5 injury?
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The L5 vertebra is the final section of the lumbar spine (at least, it is for most people). Injury to the L5 spinal nerve bundle can cause numbness and weakness in the legs, but the extent of these symptoms can vary from case to case. Read More

The L5 vertebra is the final section of the lumbar spine (at least, it is for most people). Injury to the L5 spinal nerve bundle can cause numbness and weakness in the legs, but the extent of these symptoms can vary from case to case.

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