spinal injury


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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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It is great to see Indian Spinal Injury Centre is proving to be one such pillar of support for many like me.
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The drug a steroid, is the first ever to be effective at limiting the damage of spinal injury.
Perhaps even more thought provoking was the finding reported by Silver and Wortman (1980) that unrealistic beliefs among spinal injury patients regarding their potentials for improvement lead to better emotional functioning and adjustment.
Tests conducted last year showed that high doses of the steroid methylprednisolone, administered within eight hours of spinal injury, could minimize paralysis in many patients (SN: 4/7/90, p.
Heiner Sell Memorial Lecture at the opening plenary session of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) 36th Annual Scientific Meeting on May 26, 2010.