By Sunil Sabharwal MD

"From the 1st to the final web page, this publication is so filled with info that as someone operating on the planet of spinal twine harm, i discovered myself in an strange scenario. by no means had I learn a ebook concerning my career that I didn’t have difficulty placing down. I’m now not asserting that such books are uninteresting whatsoever; besides the fact that, they aren't the appealing fictional reads that retain humans up overdue on paintings nights pondering 'just yet another chapter.' necessities of Spinal wire drugs was once that form of e-book for me!... total, i assumed this booklet used to be not anything wanting fantastic... it was once so filled with info that makes me suppose extra convinced as a technologist, and extra compassionate as a human. i might hugely suggest this for any practitioner operating within the box the place they might come upon an individual with spinal twine injury." -- Donna Jacobs, R. EEG T., CNIM, The Neurodiagnostic Journal

This compact textual content is a pragmatic, concise consultant for clinicians focused on the care of sufferers with spinal twine accidents and issues. It covers a finished and numerous record of themes encompassing the foundations and perform of spinal twine harm care, together with uncomplicated technology basics, demanding spinal twine damage, non-traumatic myelopathies, actual functionality and rehabilitation, clinical effects and problems of spinal twine damage, psychosocial and caliber of existence matters, and systems-based practice.

Chapters are constantly formatted for ease of use and are geared up lower than the vast headings of common rules, scientific concerns, and information gaps and rising recommendations, and finish with a curated checklist of steered readings. inside of those different types, specifics on underlying pathophysiology and etiology, evaluate (examination, checking out, differential prognosis, analysis, and hazard components) and administration (non-pharmacological, medicines, surgeries, follow-up and tracking, fundamental and secondary prevention, and complications), and contemporary scientific advances and promising learn are simply accessed. The booklet additionally addresses such caliber of lifestyles concerns as mental version, sexuality and fertility, vocational education, using, and workout, and contains information regarding platforms of care and sufferer security in addition to moral concerns. The advisor is peppered with necessary tables that spotlight and strengthen key fabric. also, “Practice Pearls” in chosen chapters increase the consultant as a convenient go-to reference for clinicians and trainees in a number of disciplines who deal with individuals with spinal twine accidents and disorders.

Key Features:

  • A concise, sensible guide designed for speedy entry to key details on a huge diversity of themes critical to the perform of spinal twine medication
  • Covers either demanding spinal twine damage and non-traumatic issues and their assessment, administration, clinical issues, sensible rehabilitation, and caliber of existence issues
  • Packed with important tables to focus on and toughen key fabric
  • Formatted always with brief, reader-friendly paragraphs and clarifying sub-titles

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Discontinuance of cervical ­immobilization for these patients is recommended without cervical spinal imaging. indb 41 28/11/13 2:58 AM 42 II. Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Trauma patients who are symptomatic, that is complain of neck pain, have ­cervical spine tenderness, have symptoms or signs of a neurological deficit, and those who cannot be assessed for symptoms or signs (those who are unconscious, uncooperative, incoherent, intoxicated, or who have associated traumatic injuries that distract from their assessment) require radiographic study of the cervical spine prior to the discontinuation of cervical spine immobilization.

Diving (especially into shallow water), f­ ootball, and trampolines, that were the major causes of sports injuries, are still important, though these seem to have decreased in recent years in association with injury ­prevention initiatives. Winter sports-related injuries have increased concomitantly. Globally, motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of SCI in ­developed countries. Transportation-related injuries in several ­developing ­countries are more often related to accidents involving two-wheeled or ­nonstandard transportation.

Standardized mortality ratio (SMR) in SCI, that is, the ratio of observed death in those with SCI to expected deaths in the general population, is highest for deaths due to septicemia, pulmonary embolism, and pneumonia. indb 26 28/11/13 2:58 AM 27 4. Epidemiology of Spinal Cord Injury Diseases of the genito-urinary system as a cause of death have ­dramatically decreased in the last four decades associated with improvements in urological management. 5% of deaths. The suicide rate is reported to be about five times higher than the general population, with highest risk in the first 5 years.

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