The brain depends on oxygen to perform even the most basic functions. Without it, the brain quickly ceases to function. And if oxygen deprivation continues, death or permanent brain damage take just a few minutes. Hypoxia is the deprivation of oxygen to the brain, and is one of the deadliest injuries. Even people who survive hypoxia may experience lifelong aftereffects.
Strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, infections, and a handful of other conditions affecting the central nervous system can cause hemiparesis or hemiplegia. “Hemi” denotes something occurring on one half of the body -- the left or the right side. Hemiparesis is weakness on half of the body, while hemiplegia refers to paralysis that affects just one side. Because paralysis is an extreme form of weakness and nerve dysfunction, hemiplegia is an extreme form of hemiparesis.
Spinal shock is the temporary reduction of or loss of reflexes following a spinal cord injury (SCI). Reflexes -- such as the ability to pull your hand away from a hot stove without thinking -- are controlled by the autonomic nervous system. In general, the more severe the injury, the more severe the autonomic dysfunction will be. However, spinal shock alone cannot be used to determine prognosis or assess the severity of a spinal cord injury.
An experimental Asterias Biotherapeutics stem cell study improved mobility in paralyzed spinal cord injury patients. The study data is preliminary, and the full study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Researchers presented their results at the International Spinal Cord Society meeting in Vienna, Austria.
When you or a loved one struggle with a spinal cord injury, it's easy to feel isolated. Endless fights with insurers, trying to find the right doctor, seeking support from loved ones, and managing your everyday life can prove deeply demoralizing. But spinal cord injuries are common, and you're not alone.
The month of September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month and there is a lot that the general public is unaware of about SCIs. Here are some of the key spinal cord injury statistics you need to know to help keep the world a little more informed about the reality of these devastating injuries.
A slip and fall can change your day, your week, and maybe even your life. These injuries, which can happen anywhere and to anyone, are frightening in their suddenness. They can also be quite painful, potentially producing millions of dollars in medical bills and lost wages.
It's easy to dismiss personal injury lawyers as little more than litigators and negotiators. But your personal injury lawyer may be your best medical advocate. So much about our health care system is controlled by legal and bureaucratic red tape that you may need a lawyer to get the best possible care. Here's how your attorney acts as your advocate—and how to ensure you're getting the advocacy you need.
For the first time ever, doctors have successfully used stem cells to promote regeneration of motor neurons in rats. The science is in its infancy, but could one day offer new avenues for treating spinal cord injuries (SCI), according to new findings published in Nature Medicine.
Settling a spinal cord injury lawsuit might not be as exciting as the drama of selecting a jury, cross-examining the other side, and eagerly awaiting a jury verdict. But it's often the best outcome. A settlement allows you to get paid more quickly, and helps you avoid the uncertainties of trial. After all, if just one juror doesn't like or believe you, he or she could taint the entire jury pool. Moreover, the process of going to trial can take years. Even if you win, the other side could appeal, endlessly dragging out the process.
When most people think of a spinal cord injury (SCI) survivor, they envision someone who is fully paralyzed, destined to spend their life in a wheelchair. Spinal cord injuries almost inevitably produce some degree or paralysis, but the extent of the paralysis depends on the location of the injury, as well as its severity. SCI can change over time, particularly with diligent physical therapy, so full paralysis may become partial paralysis, and the areas most affected by your injury can absolutely change with time.
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