my cousin was in an auto accident on 11-30-08 and she fractured her c2. the doctors have said that there is spinal cord swelling and a piece of the vertebrae is in the spinal canal, but they have decided not to do surgery on it. the spinal cord has not been severed only "stretched." Does stretched mean contusion? they have labeled her as an ASIA A and i understand the chances of recovery... they are enough to keep hope alive.
she has started having patchy sensation to touch, but i am unsure about pain sensation, as far down as her legs. I am not sure what dermatome in the legs but any sensation would be below the neurological level of injury. What could this mean in the long run? Does being labeled as an A change how doctors treat the injury? Is there anything that can be done at this early stage that would help?
i also want to thank you for what you do here. Your dedication is noble and i greatly respect you for all the knowledge you have imparted on me through this thread.