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  • Backpain14
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    Hi my 6 year old has a t4 spinal injury, has gained back core strength and on and off sensations below level of injury. 8 months into injury. Do you see much possible returns after swelling and intensive therapy has calmed down?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Sorry to hear of that. Did he or she have any sensation or movement immediately after the injury below in the feet or toes? Was there anal sensation or sphincter motor control present?

    Dr. Corenman

    Backpain14
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    Thank you for your reply, she had slight toe movement and mild sensation to the knees straight away. 8 months now down the track and she can wiggle her toes sometimes and feel me touching her in areas of the leg sometimes and Has felt me doing bowel program sometimes. How long can it take for spinal cord swelling to calm down and is it true anything can change in the first 2 years? She does intensive rehabilitation and there has been slight flicks of muscle contractions and she has gained her core mostly back after being diagnosed as a T4.

    Thank you!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    It is encouraging to know she had an incomplete spinal cord injury (some motion preserved below the level of injury). It will take between 1 1/2 to 2 years to know what she will get back. 8 months down the road now with limited recovery means there might not be the return that is desirable.

    Dr. Corenman

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