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spinal injury

injury to the vertebral column (fracture-dislocation) which may or may not involve spinal cord injury and/or injury of the nerve roots within the vertebral (spinal) canal. Cord injury can occur in the cervical, thoracic and upper lumbar regions, ranging from minor damage to complete transection. Cauda equina injury occurs with damage below the first lumbar vertebra, where the 'horse's tail' of lumbar and sacral nerve roots descend to their exits from the vertebral (spinal) canal. Cord and nerve root injuries cause complete or partial paralysis of voluntary movement and sensory loss in the regions served by the nerve tracts or roots affected. See also back injury, cervical spine, neck injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, whiplash injury.
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He added: "The main issue was that Huntington's masked this spinal injury that seemed to hoodwink those who were dealing with him.
I had to point out we couldn't be sure if he had spinal injury.
There is a massive demand on the specialist spinal injury centres, such as the one in Southport where I received my own treatment and rehabilitation," said Jonathan.
It may also help researchers decide which patients are most suitable for trials of new spinal injury treatments.
Recent successes for Tawam Hospital's 360 degree surgery include an 18 year old woman with a cervical spinal injury resulting from a car accident in Al Ain, who was able to return home after just four days in hospital and a 25 year old patient who was injured in a car accident which led to a fracture dislocation of the cervical spine, who through a small posterior and then anterior incision, had their cervical spine unlocked and then fused in one operation, rather than two.
Dennis himself knows all about such injuries - having suffered a spinal injury himself.
As a result of the crash, which happened at around 25 mph, he now specialises in spinal injury cases and is chairman of the patient group at the Spinal Injuries Unit in Southport.
Through the annual scientific meeting of the American Spinal Injury Association, the ongoing programming on the subject of spinal cord injury outcomes and research has continued to spark international interest in measurement in spinal cord injury and its impact on our ability to perform clinical trials.
A majority of the players had received a spinal injury, suffered from cerebral palsy or spina bifida, but did not let their disabilities hamper their love of the game.
The SIA provides information and help for people who have suffered a spinal injury to help them to come to terms with their injury and rebuild their lives.
FOUR former spinal injury patients from Merseyside are hoping to bring back up to three gold medals from the Paralympic Games in Athens later this month.
The challenge, however, is particularly with spinal management as each one of these courses has slight differences to how you manage a spinal injury.