Spinal Stroke: Treatment In Frisco, TX

by Administrator 25. August 2017 09:04

The spinal cord connects the brain (central nervous system) to the rest of the body and it in turn, depends on a constant supply of blood to continue working. Disruption in the supply of the blood to the spine may result in injury to the soft tissues, nerves and stops the conduction of messages to the body parts. This condition is termed as Spinal Stroke. It is a rare condition that comprises of only 12.5 percent of the reported cases of strokes. The spinal cord gets blood from the anterior and the posterior spinal artery and it is the anterior artery that gets affected the most. The blood supply gets disrupted due to the following causes listed below.

Causes

  • Formation of blood clots in the artery- ischemic strokes
  • Excessive bleeding from the artery or blood vessel that may burst within the artery- haemorrhagic spinal strokes
  • The arteries may thicken or become narrow (atherosclerosis) which affects the blood supply. This happens due to the process of ageing, deposition of cholesterol and lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking
  • Diabetes increases the chances of stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Development of benign blood vessel tumors
  • Abnormally tangled blood vessels- Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Spinal tuberculosis
  • Past history of abdominal surgery

Symptoms

  • Severe pain in the neck and back
  • Weakness in lower extremities
  • Some unusual sensation may occur in the lower body
  • Loss of control over the bladder and bowel movement
  • The stroke may set in within a few hours or minutes
  • As soon as the blood supply is severed, a tight band like formation may  be felt around the waist or upper part of the body
  • Muscle weakness may progress to Paralysis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Burning or tingling sensation
  • Numbness
  • The patient may be not be able to differentiate between hot and cold

Diagnosis

  • Details of the medical history will be taken
  • Thorough physical examination of the patient
  • A spinal stroke is diagnosed using an MRI scan in most cases as it gives a detailed picture of the spine

Treatment

  • Prescription of blood thinners and anticoagulant
  • Prescription of anti-platelet medicines to reduce the incidence of blood clotting
  • Medicines to control blood pressure and high sugar levels
  • Smoking and alcohol should be avoided
  • Healthy diet and regular exercise needs to be followed
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy sessions are highly recommended to regain normal functioning of the spinal cord and affected body parts post stroke

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