Spinal Shock

Below you will find more information about Spinal Shock from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Spinal Shock it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Spinal Shock and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Spinal Shock comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


Spinal shock is a rare medical condition that can occur after spinal cord injury and involves a period of absent reaction. This state can either be permanent or last for hours to weeks. After this period episodes of excessive impulses may follow. It can be accompanied by temporary paralysis of the legs that is often linked to injury in the spine.


Diagnosis is usually based on the presence of clinical and physical symptoms related to spinal shock.


Treating the clinical symptoms aggravated by spinal shock in order to lessen the intensity and the duration of the condition is the fundamental goal in treating spinal shock.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms may vary from one individual to another. The most common symptoms observed in an individual suffering from spinal shock include: ò Absence or loss of reflexes ò Paralysis of the lower extremities ò Bladder overflow incontinence ò Bowel wall paralysis ò Sensory loss ò Flaccid muscle ò Absence of sweating ò Pale or dry skin ò Dull pain ò Headache ò High blood pressure (hypertension) ò Slow heart rate


The cause of spinal shock is usually spinal injury with traumatic in origin but can also be associated with mechanisms of injury that progresses within a specific span of time.

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