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    Spine surgery: Timing matters!
    By Dr. Jay Adlersberg

    (New York-WABC, August 30, 2007) - New information about how timing is everything when treating spinal cord injuries.

    More than 300,000 Americans are in wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries. Many patients will recover at least some function of fingers, toes, hands and limbs after an injury.

    Now, new research shows how they can recover even more.

    For Bruce Brady, days like these are nothing short of a miracle. Last March, he nearly died when he skied into a cedar fence.

    "At that point there, I could not feel anything. I couldn't move my head," said Bruce Brady who was injured in ski accident. "I could not wiggle my toes, wiggle my fingers." Bruce was paralyzed from the neck down.

    "I couldn't feel anything, anywhere," said Bruce Brady.

    Neurosurgeon Michael Fehlings says the initial impact doesn't cause all the damage in spinal cord injuries. There are also secondary injuries that come from inflammation and compression on the spine ...
    Last edited by lynnifer; 30 Aug 2007, 11:39 PM.

    Interesting article Keith. I had my decompression surgery/stabilization about 15 hours after my fall. Not sure if I would have gotten back much less. I would be neat to have this doc. look at my records.


      Seems like common sense to me.
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