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Articles Tagged: Physical Rehabilitation

Monitoring upper-limb recovery after cervical spinal cord injury: insights beyond assessment scores.

Published: August 18, 2016 | Category: Information

Background: Pre-clinical investigations in animal models demonstrate that enhanced upper-limb (UL) activity during rehabilitation promotes motor recovery following spinal cord injury (SCI). Despite this, following SCI in humans, no commonly applied training protocols exist and therefore activity-based rehabilitative therapies (ABRT) vary in frequency, duration and intensity. Quantification of UL recovery is limited to subjective questionnaires or scattered measures of muscle function and movement tasks. Continue Reading »

Published: July 19, 2016 | Category: Links

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Northern Irish Gymnast Flies In To Walk Again

Published: July 18, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

northen-irish-gymnastTRAVELLING over 4,000 miles from her home town in Northern Ireland to Project Walk in Longwood, Orlando, bubbly Jennifer Smyth is on an epic journey, not to accumulate the rich life experiences of adventurous travel, but rather to regain her legs – the use of which she lost in a catastrophic gymnastic accident almost three years ago.

She explained: “Ever since I was a little girl I have been consumed by gymnastics and have devoted myself to the discipline of athletes, always pushing myself to be the best I can be. I don’t know any other way to live. The accident happened on a Tuesday evening after school, I was on my last vault before moving to the next event, and when I landed I just couldn’t move. Continue Reading »

Teens with spinal injuries bolster recovery with decade-long friendship

Published: June 15, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

grace-morgan-kennedy-kriegerA rehabilitation gym at the Kennedy Krieger Institute was once a play space for Morgan Dunnigan and Grace Meek.

Despite the seriousness of their spinal cord injuries, the girls, then 6 and 7, squirted water at their doctors and visitors with syringes. They “raced” during balancing exercises. They even had Grace’s father’s toenails painted.

So it’s no wonder that returning to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute for a week 10 years later was a little like reuniting at summer camp. Continue Reading »

Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: February 19, 2016 | Category: Information

Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients(HealthDay News) — Beginning rehabilitation soon after a spinal cord injury seems to lead to improvements in functioning for patients, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 4,000 people in the United States who suffered a spinal cord injury between 2000 and 2014. The patients’ average age was about 41 and the average time to start rehabilitation was 19 days.

Early rehabilitation was associated with better physical functioning when patients left the hospital and during the following year. Continue Reading »

Lift the Burden

Published: November 10, 2015 | Category: News

Lift the burdenThe state must lead the efforts to rehabilitate and integrate the physically challenged in society

Imagine being robbed of the ability to move your hands and of having to depend on a wheelchair or crutches, and in the worst-case scenario, of being bed-ridden for the rest of your life. Then think of what it would take for you to lead a dignified, fulfilling and inspirational life. Every year, thousands of people with a spinal cord injury are compelled to face this in reality due to manmade accidents or natural disasters. A spinal cord injury blocks communication between the brain and the rest of the body, partially or completely paralysing the body’s whole host of muscular and nerve functions. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed veteran opens spinal cord injury recovery center

Published: July 21, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Stay In Step founder Romy CamargoA paralyzed veteran and his wife have met their fundraising goal and opened a non-profit recovery center for spinal-cord injured patients to recover.

Stay In Step, founded by Romy Camargo and wife, Gaby Camargo, offers treatment, rehabilitation and support services to veterans and civilians in Tampa, Fla., according to a press release.

Romy Camargo was paralyzed by a sniper bullet in 2008, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. He spent 18 months in intensive inpatient care and then traveled to Orlando twice a week for treatment. Continue Reading »

Kennedy Krieger’s spinal cord injury center gives patients hope

Published: July 15, 2015 | Category: Videos

Center has helped 2K in over 10 years gain independence

BALTIMORE —The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger is celebrating 10 years. In that time, the center has helped more than 2,000 patients make remarkable progress. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed veteran opens Tampa center for those with spinal cord injuries

Published: June 20, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

StayInStep grand openingWhen the room was just four concrete walls, before it was outfitted with state-of-the-art therapy equipment and a sign that says “Never ever give up,” Romulo and Gabriela Camargo invited a Toyota executive to take a tour.

The couple had been raising money for years, scratching toward their goal of one day opening a recovery center for people with spinal cord injuries, who, like Romulo, were living with paralysis.

Seven years earlier, Romulo — “Romy” — was shot in the neck during an ambush in Afghanistan while serving as an Army Special Forces officer. He came home a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Putting 1 foot in front of another, former quadriplegic spends 15 years learning to walk again

Published: May 30, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Aaron Baker Coming To My SensesLOS ANGELES — The worst day of Aaron Baker’s life wasn’t when the then-20-year-old professional motocross racer crashed his bike one spring day in 1999, flew over the handlebars and hit the ground head-first, paralyzing him from the neck down.

No, the worst day came a year later when Baker’s physical therapy ended. That was when his therapists, marveling that he could actually stand on his own again and move his arms some, cautioned him not to expect much more. Continue Reading »