Sacramento, 02/10/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Paraplegics and quadriplegics are at risk for a variety of late complications involving the peripheral Nervous System and central nervous system that places residual Upper Extremity Function at risk. Medical providers and patients must be vigilant in aggressively working up upper extremity complaints of pain, weakness, and numbness. Understanding that up to seventy-five percent of wheelchair dependent paraplegics develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome it is important for all medical providers to understand the all other potential diagnoses must be considered even in the patient who is diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome to ensure vital upper extremity function is not lost in this vulnerable population.
A Life Care Plan developed by an Academic Physician Life Care Planner is essential for those with a catastrophic cervical and thoracic spinal cord injury since periodic monitoring with MRI imaging of the cervical and thoracic spine is necessary to identify, follow, and treat this complication. Too often are patients diagnosed late with the syrinx expanding into the upper cervical spine and function is lost.
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