Discussion time. Discuss the spinal cord with your students. Direct your students to fill out the. KWl chart (handout 21). they should fill out the first column of the. region of spinal cord caudal to the lumbar enlargement is conus medullaris. Caudal to this, a nerve is attached to the spinal cord by means of dorsal and. Spinal cord injury occurs when there is any damage to the spinal cord that on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more dysfunction the person will.
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Superficial anatomy and orientation of the adult spinal cord. The numbers to the left identify the spinal nerves and indicate where the nerve roots leave the. This page provides an overview of the structures of the spinal cord and The spinal cord is made up of nerve cells (neurons) that relay nerve. WHO Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data. International perspectives on spinal cord injury / edited by Jerome Bickenbach [et al]. mmoonneeyy.info
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The function of lower motor neurons can be divided into two different groups: The lateral tract contains upper motor neuronal axons which synapse on dorsal lateral DL lower motor neurons. The DL neurons are involved in distal limb control. Therefore, these DL neurons are found specifically only in the cervical and lumbosacral enlargements within the spinal cord. There is no decussation in the lateral corticospinal tract after the decussation at the medullary pyramids.
The anterior corticospinal tract descends ipsilaterally in the anterior column, where the axons emerge and either synapse on lower ventromedial VM motor neurons in the ventral horn ipsilaterally or descussate at the anterior white commissure where they synapse on VM lower motor neurons contralaterally.
The tectospinal, vestibulospinal and reticulospinal descend ipsilaterally in the anterior column but do not synapse across the anterior white commissure. Rather, they only synapse on VM lower motor neurons ipsilaterally. The VM lower motor neurons control the large, postural muscles of the axial skeleton. These lower motor neurons, unlike those of the DL, are located in the ventral horn all the way throughout the spinal cord.
Proprioceptive information in the body travels up the spinal cord via three tracks. Below L2, the proprioceptive information travels up the spinal cord in the ventral spinocerebellar tract. Also known as the anterior spinocerebellar tract, sensory receptors take in the information and travel into the spinal cord.
The cell bodies of these primary neurons are located in the dorsal root ganglia. In the spinal cord, the axons synapse and the secondary neuronal axons decussates and then travel up to the superior cerebellar peduncle where they decussate again.
From here, the information is brought to deep nuclei of the cerebellum including the fastigial and interposed nuclei. From the levels of L2 to T1, proprioceptive information enters the spinal cord and ascends ipsilaterally, where it synapses in Clarke's nucleus. The secondary neuronal axons continue to ascend ipsilaterally and then pass into the cerebellum via the inferior cerebellar peduncle.
This tract is known as the dorsal spinocerebellar tract. From above T1, proprioceptive primary axons enter the spinal cord and ascend ipsilaterally until reaching the accessory cuneate nucleus , where they synapse. The secondary axons pass into the cerebellum via the inferior cerebellar peduncle where again, these axons synapse on cerebellar deep nuclei.
This tract is known as the cuneocerebellar tract. Motor information travels from the brain down the spinal cord via descending spinal cord tracts. Descending tracts involve two neurons: Then, the lower motor neuron conducts the nerve signal to the spinal root where efferent nerve fibers carry the motor signal toward the target muscle. The descending tracts are composed of white matter. There are several descending tracts serving different functions.
The corticospinal tracts lateral and anterior are responsible for coordinated limb movements. A congenital disorder is diastematomyelia in which part of the spinal cord is split usually at the level of the upper lumbar vertebrae. Sometimes the split can be along the length of the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries can be caused by trauma to the spinal column stretching, bruising, applying pressure, severing, laceration, etc.
The vertebral bones or intervertebral disks can shatter, causing the spinal cord to be punctured by a sharp fragment of bone. Usually, victims of spinal cord injuries will suffer loss of feeling in certain parts of their body. In milder cases, a victim might only suffer loss of hand or foot function. More severe injuries may result in paraplegia , tetraplegia also known as quadriplegia , or full body paralysis below the site of injury to the spinal cord.
Damage to upper motor neuron axons in the spinal cord results in a characteristic pattern of ipsilateral deficits. These include hyperreflexia , hypertonia and muscle weakness.
Lower motor neuronal damage results in its own characteristic pattern of deficits. Rather than an entire side of deficits, there is a pattern relating to the myotome affected by the damage.
Additionally, lower motor neurons are characterized by muscle weakness, hypotonia , hyporeflexia and muscle atrophy. Spinal shock and neurogenic shock can occur from a spinal injury. Spinal shock is usually temporary, lasting only for 24—48 hours, and is a temporary absence of sensory and motor functions.
Neurogenic shock lasts for weeks and can lead to a loss of muscle tone due to disuse of the muscles below the injured site. The two areas of the spinal cord most commonly injured are the cervical spine C1—C7 and the lumbar spine L1—L5. The notation C1, C7, L1, L5 refer to the location of a specific vertebra in either the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar region of the spine. Spinal cord injury can also be non-traumatic and caused by disease transverse myelitis , polio , spina bifida , Friedreich's ataxia , spinal cord tumor , spinal stenosis etc.
In the U. Real or suspected spinal cord injuries need immediate immobilisation including that of the head. Scans will be needed to assess the injury. A steroid, methylprednisolone , can be of help as can physical therapy and possibly antioxidants.
Regeneration is facilitated by maintaining electric transmission in neural elements. The spinal cord ends at the level of vertebrae L1—L2, while the subarachnoid space —the compartment that contains cerebrospinal fluid — extends down to the lower border of S2.
Spinal tumours can occur in the spinal cord and these can be either inside intradural or outside extradural the dura mater. A portion of the spinal cord, showing its right lateral surface. The dura is opened and arranged to show the nerve roots. The spinal cord with dura cut open, showing the exits of the spinal nerves. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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