An accidental gunshot left Kyle Bartolini paralyzed as a preschooler. But today, he’s an active teenager who can get around with crutches or a walker and loves to fish, swim, kayak and play paintball.
He owes this transformation to an exercise-based therapy that teaches lost skills to broken nervous systems. Called locomotor training, it allows people with spinal cord injuries to practice standing and stepping while suspended above a treadmill. University of Louisville Neurosurgery Professor Andrea Behrman is pioneering the treatment in children in a new pediatric program. Continue Reading »
Even after complete spinal paralysis, the human spinal cord is able to trigger activity in the leg muscles using electrical pulses from an implanted stimulator. This has already been demonstrated in earlier studies conducted in Vienna. Now, as part of a joint international project, a team of young researchers at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at MedUni Vienna has succeeded in identifying the mechanisms the spinal cord uses to control this muscle activity. These mechanisms still work even if the neural pathways from the brain are physically interrupted as the result of a spinal cord injury. This is the first time throughout the world that the spinal-cord activation patterns for walking have been decoded. Continue Reading »
Our program targets the recovery of the malfunctioning Central Nervous System (CNS) through the use of important components utilized in neuroplasticity. The benefits can be noted both in people with spinal cord injuries and during motor recovery from other types of brain injuries, e.g. (TBI, CVA or Strokes, tumors, ataxias, etc), CP (Cerebral Palsy), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and others.
Because it is an intensive, specific program aimed at physical recovery, it is important to be aware that some alterations associated with neurological injuries may restrict an individual’s participation in the program. Continue Reading »
Published: September 12, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:Paraplegia
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) — Tim Patterson is taking a short walk across the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. It’s a remarkable feat for a man who’s been paralyzed for seven years.
A tumor on his spine left Patterson confined to a wheelchair, but his involvment in groundbreaking new research has given him new hope.
For the past two years, Patterson has participated in mobility research at MTSU’s Human Performance Lab. The lab is exploring the use of water treadmills as a way to improve the mobility of individuals with disabilities. Continue Reading »
VICTORIAN medical researchers are embarking on a range of exciting trials to improve the lives of people with quadriplegia and prevent the severity of new spinal cord injuries.
Among the projects under way are: electrically stimulated exercise, a sunshine pill and oxygen mask to stop their brain fog and a robotic arm that offers independence.
While international breakthroughs show rats with severed spines walking, experimental stem cell therapies and brain implants moving hands, experts caution that even significant advances take time. Continue Reading »
Published: June 27, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:Incomplete
Exercise therapy research at the University of Newcastle has brought profound improvements to limbs that were paralysed, doctors say.
The award-winning laboratory research is bringing hope of restored muscle function to those suffering paralysis from spinal damage, potentially including injured Newcastle Knights player, Alex McKinnon.
Neurophysiologist Dr Michelle Rank believes exercise is more beneficial than any other therapy currently available, even for patients with long-term injuries. Continue Reading »
An array of techniques – some available now and others on the horizon – aim to restore movement and other functions in patients with spinal cord injuries.
A paraplegic wearing an Iron Man-like exoskeleton took the first kick of the World Cup soccer tournament during the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a testament to recent advances in treating spinal cord injuries.
The robotic bodysuit took cues from the user’s brain activity to power his steps forward. It was developed by Brazilian doctor Miguel Nicolelis, who is on the faculty at Duke University, and more than 150 scientists from around the world. Continue Reading »
Published: April 3, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:C-5
Almost five years ago, in a dusty Afghan village thousands of miles from Tampa, Florida an event occurred that forever changed the lives of one young American couple. Through their journey of sacrifice, struggle and determination, the concept of the Stay in Step Recovery Center was born.
On that fateful day, Chief Warrant Officer Romulo “Romy” Camargo was out conducting operations with his small team of Green Berets. The mission was to locate the whereabouts of an infamous Taliban Commander. Leading from the front, as was his style, Chief Romy Camargo stood in the turret of his vehicle as the team withdrew from the village. Suddenly, the team came under heavy enemy fire. Romy immediately began organizing his men in response to the attack. Continue Reading »