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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

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Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is acute phase of spinal cord injury?

The acute phase starts right after a spinal cord injury, which is caused by trauma to the spinal cord. This phase includes blood vessel damage, ionic imbalance, neurotransmitter buildup (excitotoxicity), inflammation, swelling, and cell death.

Symptoms of acute phase of spinal cord injury

  • Unable to move my fingers

  • Numbness in the region from shoulder to elbow

  • Numbness anywhere from the elbow to the wrist

  • Numbness of the thigh

  • Reduced sensitivity to feeling pain

  • Numbness anywhere from the knees to the ankles

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Decreased sensation over skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute phase of spinal cord injury

  • Are you unable to move your fingers despite using strength?

  • Do you have numbness from shoulder to elbow?

  • Do you have numbness in your arm?

  • Do your thighs feel numb?

  • Do you feel that you are less sensitive to pain?

Treatment for acute phase of spinal cord injury

Treatment focuses on maintaining breathing, preventing shock, immobilizing the patient to avoid more spinal cord damage, and preventing complications like stool or urine retention, respiratory or heart issues, and deep vein clot formation.

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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