A spinal stroke can cause serious and debilitating after-effects. However, some patients may be able to fully recover from a spinal stroke.
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A spinal stroke is also known as a spinal cord infarction and is caused by blocked blood flow to, or in, the spinal cord.
Symptoms of an oncoming spinal stroke include sudden and intense back pain, weakness and pain in the legs, abnormal skin sensations known as paresthesias, and incontinence.
A spinal stroke may result in paralysis, weakness and an increased risk of bladder and lung infections.
Physiotherapy may help partially or completely reverse paralysis that results from a mild or moderate spinal stroke. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, many who suffer a spinal stroke recover.
On the downside, according to eMedicine, approximately 25 per cent of people admitted to a hospital because of a spinal stroke die.
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