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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spinal cord injury and its scales.


What is Spinal Cord Injury?
  
A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue.

 Most injuries to the spinal cord don't completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy axons -- extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. 

An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.

Is there any treatment?

Improved emergency care for people with spinal cord injuries and aggressive treatment and rehabilitation can minimize damage to the nervous system and even restore limited abilities.  Respiratory complications are often an indication of the severity of spinal cord injury.   

About one-third of those with injury to the neck area will need help with breathing and require respiratory support. The steroid drug methylprednisolone appears to reduce the damage to nerve cells if it is given within the first 8 hours after injury. 

Rehabilitation programs combine physical therapies with skill-building activities and counseling to provide social and emotional support. Electrical simulation of nerves by neural prosthetic devices may restore specific functions, including bladder, breathing, cough, and arm or leg movements, though eligibility for use fo these devices depends on the level and type of the spinal cord injury.

How ever remember that through rehabilitation activities,orthoses can be needed to avoid contracture,eg at wrist level, wrist hand orthosis and cock up splints can be needed,at ankle level, ankle foot orthosis ,etc.

What is the prognosis?

Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete.  An incomplete injury means that the ability of the spinal cord to convey messages to or from the brain is not completely lost. People with incomplete injuries retain some motor or sensory function below the injury.

 A complete injury is indicated by a total lack of sensory and motor function below the level of injury.  People who survive a spinal cord injury will most likely have medical complications such as chronic pain and bladder and bowel dysfunction, along with an increased susceptibility to respiratory and heart problems. Successful recovery depends upon how well these chronic conditions are handled day to day.

     Surgery to relieve compression of the spinal tissue by surrounding bones broken or dislocated by the injury is often necessary, through timing of such surgery may vary widely.  A recent prospective multicenter trial called STASCIS is exploring whether performing decompression surgery early (less than 24 hours following injury) can improve outcomes for patients with bone fragments or other tissues pressing on the spinal cord.

Most of information from:    http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sci/sci.htm

 Spinal cord injury CLASSIFICATIONS OR GRADING SCALE.
    
  (1)   ASIA impairments scale
      (2) Frankel Grading system.

 Just learn about ASIA impairments scale:


ASIA   ,Stands for American Spinal Injury Association

A=Complete:  No motor or sensory function is preserved in the sacral segments S4-S5.

B=Incomplete:   Sensory but not motor function is preserved below the neurological  level and includes the sacral segments S4-S5.

C=Incomplete:    Motor function is preserved below the neurological level, and more than half of the key muscles below the neurological  level have a muscles  grade less than 3.

D=Incomplete:   Motor function is preserved below the neurological level, and at least half of key muscles below the neurological level have a muscle grade of 3 or more.

E=Normal:           Motor and sensory function are normal  


















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