“We are trying to improve someone’s quality of life. If someone can breathe without a ventilator, then you’ve increased their independence, and that, to me, is a huge success.” –Michael Lane, PhD
Walking is not the top priority for many patients who have suffered from cervical spinal cord injuries, according to Michael Lane, PhD,an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. Continue Reading »
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage anywhere along the spinal cord, often due to an accident or other trauma. SCI typically causes a loss of movement and feeling below the damaged part of the spinal cord, often leading to paralysis and other changes in functioning. People with SCI may be more likely to develop depressed mood than members of the general population: Current research shows that up to 25 percent of people with SCI experience depression, and up to 12 percent report major clinical depression.
Spirituality is one resource that people use to cope with a major life change, such as having a SCI. Continue Reading »
A MEDICAL engineer from Gloucestershire who was paralysed as a teenager is hoping his pioneering invention will help improve the quality of life for thousands of others like him.
Sean Doherty was just 18 when he broke his neck in a mountain bike accident.
Since then he has lived with Tetraplegia, which means he is disabled and has limited hand and arm function.
The former University of Cardiff student, whose parents are from Belfast and Tipperary, is currently based in London working at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. Continue Reading »
A study looking at reducing the severity of spinal injuries by reducing a patient’s body temperature immediately after an accident is entering a new phase amid hopes clinical trials will begin in WA next year.
Researchers believe the technique may ultimately make the difference between someone ending up having to use a wheelchair and being able to walk.
The research is being undertaken through WA’s Neurotrauma Research Program and the State Government is contributing $1 million towards it. Continue Reading »
The movement of limbs comes so fluidly and effortlessly for many of us that it is easy to take for granted. But those who work in the VCU Health Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation know from firsthand observation that the independence that comes with mobility is a gift. That is why a VCU Health rehabilitation specialist and a technology expert teamed up to create an innovative device that gives patients with tetraplegia the ability to use a laptop with just their eyes.
Tetraplegia indicates paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck. To accommodate patients with tetraplegia, the VCU team designed a mobile cart with an extendable arm that holds a laptop. Continue Reading »
Ryan Atkins was on path to graduate from UC when a devastating 2009 car accident left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Six years later, he completes the journey.
THAT FALL PROMISED TO BE HIS BEST EVER.
Ryan Atkins was in his third year at the University of Cincinnati on a full scholarship through the prestigious Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS business program. His beloved UC football team was undefeated that season and on their way to the Sugar Bowl. Thanksgiving break loomed, bookended by a jaunt to New York for a college conference and a trip to Europe that spring. Continue Reading »
IN THE final minutes of 2003 at a New Year’s Eve rodeo at Townsville’s Black River, Steven Elliott bucked off a bronc called Spaghetti Western and partly severed his spinal cord.
He welcomed New Year in Townsville Hospital as a quadriplegic. His C6 and C7 vertebrae had dislocated and damaged his spinal cord.
Mr Elliott, 39, is in a wheelchair, but you wouldn’t know it, hardly. The chair itself, covered with bulldust and with a dusty, oilskin-covered water bottle on the foot bar, looks more like something out of a Mad Max movie. Continue Reading »
Why should taking my kids to the beach be a source of inspiration? There’s so much more we could talk about than the fact I’ve left the house.
I was on the beach with my family recently. As I made my way along the sand watching my kids in the surf, a man playing cricket with his son called out to me. “It’s great you’re getting out and about. You’re a legend. A real legend.”
I smiled back, somewhat baffled, and continued on my way. I was well up the beach before I had decoded his comment. My mere presence on the beach had so filled this man with admiration that he felt moved to place me in the company of Achilles. Continue Reading »