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Spinal Shock



Spinal Shock Causes


The cause of spinal shock is usually spinal injury with traumatic in origin but can also be associated with mechanisms of injury that progresses within a specific span of time.


Spinal Shock Definition


Spinal shock is a rare medical condition that can occur after spinal cord injury and involves a period of absent reaction. This state can either be permanent or last for hours to weeks. After this period episodes of excessive impulses may follow. It can be accompanied by temporary paralysis of the legs that is often linked to injury in the spine.


Spinal Shock Diagnosis


Diagnosis is usually based on the presence of clinical and physical symptoms related to spinal shock.


Spinal Shock Symptoms and Signs


The symptoms may vary from one individual to another. The most common symptoms observed in an individual suffering from spinal shock include: • Absence or loss of reflexes • Paralysis of the lower extremities • Bladder overflow incontinence • Bowel wall paralysis • Sensory loss • Flaccid muscle • Absence of sweating • Pale or dry skin • Dull pain • Headache • High blood pressure (hypertension) • Slow heart rate


Spinal Shock Treatment


Treating the clinical symptoms aggravated by spinal shock in order to lessen the intensity and the duration of the condition is the fundamental goal in treating spinal shock.


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