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 »
Objectives: To model the effect of time since injury on longitudinal respiratory function measures in spinal cord injured-individuals and to investigate the effect of patient characteristics.
Setting: A total of 173 people who sustained a spinal cord injury between 1966 and April 2013 and who had previously participated in research or who underwent clinically indicated outpatient respiratory function tests at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, were included in the study. At least two measurements over time were available for analysis in 59 patients. Continue Reading »
Spinal cord injury (SCI) involves damage to the area that can cause an impairment of loss of muscle control, movement and sensation. Currently, patients with injury to the spinal cord are managed with physical therapy, occupation therapy and other rehabilitation methods to cope with the physical changes.
However, stem cell research may present a new approach to the management of this patient group, allowing for a potential improvement in the symptoms of the condition, such as incontinence, muscular control and sexual function. Continue Reading »
I was a healthy physiotherapist cycling to work when I was hit by a car – and suffered the injuries I used to treat
In November 2008 I was cycling through Greenwich Park as part of my daily commute to the Royal London hospital. I saw a car suddenly turn in front of me and I knew I couldn’t miss it. Time froze for an instant as I prayed for a miracle to save me. That is THE moment that changed me, no other moment has had such a profound impact on my life. Continue Reading »
CHANDIGARH: Little did Imran Khan know that his life will change forever after an adventure trip he undertook with his friends when he was in an engineering college in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra in 2004. He slipped and the next thing he knew was that he was on a hospital bed, unable to move.
“I fell down due to which I had a spinal cord injury and my nerves were ruptured and spinal cord was fractured,” says Imran, 32, who was 21-year-old at the time of his accident. Continue Reading »
Father William Atkinson a “tremendous witness to the rest of us”
PHILADELPHIA (ChurchMilitant.com) – The cause for canonization for the first quadriplegic man ordained a priest has received the support of U.S. bishops.
At the annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted unanimously to support the cause for sainthood for Pennsylvania native Fr. William Atkinson.
“The USCCB voted and unanimously agreed that his cause should move forward,” said the Rev. Anthony DiGuglielmo, vice chancellor for the archdiocese of Philadelphia. Continue Reading »
Wes Johnson’s life changed instantly when he was ejected from his Jeep and broke his neck. Throughout his recovery, he used jokes and laughter to let his family and friends know that everything was going to be ok. Continue Reading »
People who get serious spinal cord injuries have to adjust to a lot. That may be why, in the first year after their injuries, they are at serious risk for a potentially fatal condition called autonomic dysreflexia. Autonomic dysreflexia shows that the body can take itself down if its signals are ignored.
Nerves will try to get useful signals through to the brain any way they can. Sometimes this can be a good thing: Nerve cells were once thought to be unable to repair themselves after damage, but now we know they can slowly heal. Continue Reading »
The 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 »
Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center. Find everything you need to learn more about your injury, locate a doctor or treatment center, or discover financial relief to support you through this difficult time. Continue Reading »