Why will a c-7 spinal cord injury cause hyperventilation?
Why will a c7 spinal cord injury cause hypoventalation
Damage to the spinal cord can cause permanent paralysis. The paralysis will result in paraplegia or tetraplegia, unless the injury is an incomplete injury, which will result in one of a number of spinal cord injury syndromes. Incomplete injuries, and injuries with mild swelling of the spinal cord can have a good prognosis, with likely hood of return of function.
A spinal cord injury can result in a loss of sensation and/or loss of function below the area of spinal cord injury. The degree to which the body is affected, will depend how high up the spinal cord the injury occurs. If the injury is in the neck, cervical region, then the arms will also be affected, resulting in Quadriplegia. More information on the different types of spinal cord injury can be found here: http://www.apparelyzed.com/paralysis.html
The most common causes of spinal cord injury are: car accidents, sports (including trampoline) accidents, falls and violence. This link further explains these at-risk activities and has more information about spinal cord injury: http://www.brainandspinalcord.org/spinal-cord-injuries/at-risk-activities.html
Which would be the more likely result of injury to the posterior side of the spinal cord only-paralysis or paresthesia?
Spinal cord paralysis is damage to the spinal cord that causes a partial or total loss of muscle and sensory functions. The spinal cord does not need to be severed for paralysis to occur. The location of the spinal cord injury dictates what muscle and sensory functions are affected and the degree of injury (complete or incomplete) dictates how much (if any) function remains.
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves, which serves the purpose of relaying sensory and motor messages between the body and brain. In the case of spinal cord injury, parts of the body are paralyzed when the motor messages from the brain cannot pass through the injury site on the spinal cord. Feeling is lost when sensory messages cannot pass the injury site to be processed by the brain.
The spinal cord is the neural pathway from your brain to your toes, messages like move or ouch - travel the spinal cord, telling you to pedal a bicycle or preventing you from standing on a burning log. If the cord is damaged the messages stop at the point of injury but the area above the injury will still work uninterrupted.
There are two types of spinal cord injuries. Complete spinal cord injuries refer to the types of injuries that result in complete loss of function below the level of the injury, while incomplete spinal cord injuries are those that result in some sensation and feeling below the point of injury. The level and degree of function in incomplete injuries is highly individual, and is dependent upon the way in which the spinal cord has been…