Articles Tagged: Paraplegia
Published: March 13, 2007 | Category: News
CANTON, Mo. — Penny Lorenz isn’t bitter about the car crash 24 years ago that left her with a severe spinal cord injury.
“Life is too short to lay around or sit around and be bitter and angry,” Lorenz told students at Culver-Stockton College on Tuesday. “I learned to pick up the pieces and move forward a long time ago.”
Still, Lorenz wants to help prevent others from a similar fate, or worse. Continue Reading »
Published: February 25, 2007 | Category: News
Travis Oldhouser proves Quad rugby isn’t for the scared, soft or squeamish
PHILADELPHIA – Metal slammed into metal in the middle of the gym.
And players smiled devilish, satisfied smiles.
This was practice for the guys with broken necks and cracked spines.
It was a strange scene, wheelchairs racing across the floor, bumper car-style crashes every few minutes. Continue Reading »
Published: February 22, 2007 | Category: News
Milwaukee’s Zablocki VA Medical Center will receive $32.5 million for a new Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCI) under the federal Continuing Appropriations Resolution for fiscal 2007.
Zablocki Medical Center is the only U.S. Veterans Affairs unit that treats spinal cord injuries in Wisconsin and only one of 23 in the United States. Continue Reading »
Published: February 1, 2007 | Category: News
Sydney, Australia (AHN) – The creator of the bionic ear is working on an idea involving a spinal cord implant that would be a lifesavior for paraplegics by helping them walk again. The implant is based on a similar principle that allowed the bionic ear to help thousands of people to hear again.
A team of scienetists at the Australian Research Council’s Center are using “smart plastics” in creating an implant that can be surgically inserted into the damaged area of a patient’s spinal cord. Continue Reading »
What’s the difference between a Paraplegic and a quadriplegic?
Spinal cord injuries occur when there’s damage to the spinal cord. The result is loss of function, usually in mobility or feeling. Severe injuries that occur in the neck usually result in Quadriplegia, which is paralysis from about the shoulders down. Typically, the higher the neck injury, the more Disability there is. Continue Reading »
Published: December 13, 2006 | Category: News
Award Presentation to be Made at AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC – March 7, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, December 13, 2006 — The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is delighted to announce that the 2007 Henry B. Betts Award will be presented to Mark Johnson, a nationally-recognized activist, community organizer, and Director of Advocacy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Henry B. Betts Award is named in honor of Henry B. Betts, M.D., a pioneer in the field of Rehabilitation medicine who started his career with the Institute in 1964, making it the base for his career as an advocate for people with physical disabilities and leader in the field of rehabilitation medicine, and who has devoted himself to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. The award program, which is administered by AAPD, was created in 1989 by the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Continue Reading »
Published: December 3, 2006 | Category: News
Funny how the old adages often ring true. Like the one about tragedy bringing out the best in people.
In the two months since Valley playwright and actress Terry Earp was hit by an SUV while she was riding her bicycle in north Phoenix — an accident that’s set her on a roller coaster of recovery, setbacks and early prognoses of quadri- or Paraplegia — fellow artists and friends have come out of the woodwork in support.
Some, like poet and songwriter Rod McKuen and folk musician Barry McGuire, have never met her. Never knew about her reputation here and outside the Valley as a playwright of historical dramas and Western monologues performed by herself and husband Wyatt Earp, nephew of the legendary lawman. Continue Reading »
Published: July 20, 2006 | Category: News
LISBON, July 21, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A team of researchers from Hospital de Egas, Lisbon, Portugal and Wayne State University Medical School in Michigan, USA, have shown that stem cells taken from the olfactory mucosa can be used successfully to treat spinal cord injuries, even years after the injury occurred.
A report published by the American Paraplegia Society says that seven patients, ranging in age from 18 to 32 years, who suffered severe spinal cord injuries as much as six and half years before, were treated with stem-like progenitor and ensheathing cells derived from the olfactory mucosa. Continue Reading »
Published: July 16, 2006 | Category: News
JRRD tipsheet: Focus on spinal cord injury, gait, stroke, power mobility, and more
Feasibility of Functional electrical stimulation for control of seated posture after spinal cord injury: A simulation study, pg. 139
Spinal cord injury (SCI) among veterans that results in paralysis can affect seated posture. We analyzed the potential for controlling pelvis and trunk position with functional electrical stimulation (FES) via computer simulations that approximated a seated subject’s attainable postures. Continue Reading »
Women with Paraplegia or Quadriplegia and of childbearing age usually regain menses; nearly 50% do not miss a single period following injury. Pregnancy is possible, and if pelvic measurements are adequate, most spinal cord injured women can have normal vaginal deliveries.
A SCI woman may be subject to certain complications of pregnancy and should discuss these with her physician. Among potential complications are premature delivery in women in whom injury occurs during pregnancy and above the T-10 level and Autonomic Dysreflexia (high blood pressure, sweating, chills, and headache) during labor. The problem is also greater during pregnancy. Loss of sensation in the pelvic area can prevent the woman’s knowledge that labor has begun. With a low level injury, the woman can assist in childbirth. Continue Reading »