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Spinal cord injuries might be negatively impacted by morphine

One of the primary concerns of a person who has suffered a spinal cord injury is to get their pain under control. The desire to do this might be something that is addressed with the doctors who are caring for the patient. A recent study from the Texas A & M College of Medicine found that doctors giving a patient morphine too soon after a spinal cord injury could do more harm than good.

The study found that the method of administration didn't have any impact on the effect of the drug on the injury. The issue at hand seems to be how morphine impacts the recovery of locomotive function.

Do you need treatment for a concussion?

If you've been involved in an accident in which you hit your head, such as a car crash, it's important to realize that you could have suffered a concussion. This is not the most severe brain injury, but it can definitely impact your life in a number of ways.

Here's the problem with a concussion: Many people don't understand if they should seek medical attention. Instead, they assume nothing is wrong and that they will be able to recover on their own.

Study gives peek into fatal high school football brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are difficult to overcome. Regardless of the cause, children who suffer from traumatic brain injuries can often have lifelong effects. In some cases, these children will die because of the injury. One recent study found that brain injuries that led to deaths in high school students playing football is on the rise.

It has long been known that hits to the head can lead to traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions. In serious cases, these hits can lead to death. Brain injuries and spinal cord injuries have led to two dozen high school football player deaths in recent years.

Understand how whiplash settlements might occur

Watching some movies and television shows can provide you with some unrealistic ideas. One of these has to do with whiplash after an accident. The movies and television shows can make whiplash seem like almost a joke after an accident. The fact is that whiplash isn't a joke at all. This is a very serious condition that can lead to long-term medical care needs that include medication, therapy and other treatments. In severe cases, it can even mean having to take time off of work.

For a person who is dealing with whiplash, it is necessary to get the medical care necessary to diagnose and treat the condition. A person who is going to seek compensation for the injury can use the records from this medical care as a part of his or her case to show that the whiplash was a result of the accident.

How is a spinal cord injury diagnosed?

A spinal cord injury is extremely serious, which is why an immediate diagnosis is essential. The symptoms of a spinal cord injury are not always immediately recognizable. This is why it's imperative to receive medical treatment if you've been involved in a motor vehicle accident, a fall or suffered any other type of trauma.

Some of the many tests that are used to diagnose a spinal cord injury include:

Know some facts about semi truck maneuverability

Big rig accidents can affect victims in ways that are very unexpected. These accidents are often preventable, which makes it even more maddening that they occur. There are some points that people who share the road with these big trucks should understand so that they can try to avoid crashes if at all possible.

Semi trucks have large blind spots. The trucker isn't able to see drivers who are in these spots. The sides of the trailer can be a blind spot. The blind spot in the rear can extend up to 200 feet behind the trailer. The blind spot in front encompasses the 20 feet in front of the truck.

Stimulator might help spinal cord injury victims regain function

The advances that are being made for spinal cord injury treatments are amazing. These advances give hope to people who wouldn't have had any hope if they had been injured a few decades ago. In recent news, researchers announced that a new device could help people who have limited or nonexistent movement because of a spinal cord injury.

The device is a 32-electrode stimulator that is implanted directly into the patient. When the spinal cord is injured, the injury can stop the electrical signals from the brain to the body. This is what leads to paralysis and loss of function.

Can traumatic brain injury cause memory loss?

It goes without saying that nobody wants to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Not only can this impact your life now, but it can lead to many symptoms and side effects that cause trouble in the future.

One of the biggest issues associated with traumatic brain injury is memory loss. While no two people are the same, this is often a result of a brain injury.

Study shows traumatic brain injury prevalent in prison

A person who suffers a traumatic brain injury may have some behavioral changes occur. Sadly, those can involve getting into legal trouble. One study found that people who have a traumatic brain injury are more than twice as likely to be incarcerated in a federal facility as those who haven't suffered a TBI.

Researchers looked at data from Canadian prisons. The study compared information from 1997 and 2011. Interestingly, researchers found that there was a greater chance that a person with a person with a TBI would remain in prison for that time than a person who didn't have such an injury.

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