Jumping off the jetties at Hervey Bay might be all fun and games for local kids – until someone gets hurt.
In an effort to reduce the risk of spinal injuries the Fraser Coast Regional Council has donated $1000 to the Spinal Education Awareness Team so presenter Wayne Leo can visit Fraser Coast schools and share his story.
Mr Leo suffered a spinal cord injury 25 years ago when he was hit by a car while riding his motorbike home from work. Continue Reading »
KEDRON: Students at Kedron State School will hear important injury prevention messages to help keep them safe in the schoolyard and beyond next week.
Spinal Education Awareness Team (SEAT) presenter Robert Spencer, who has been presenting for the past 16 years, will share his story of how he sustained his spinal cord injuries and what life is like using a wheelchair with children from Prep to Year Seven on August 13.
Mr Spencer, pictured, has spoken to almost 90,000 children about the danger of risky behaviours such as diving into water before checking its depth, not wearing a seatbelt or playing sports recklessly. Continue Reading »
In the evaluation of spinal injuries, they are often classified as complete or incomplete injuries. Traditionally, a complete spinal cord injury meant that there was no motor or sensory function below the level of lesion. But at times these definitions are difficult to apply and can create confusion.
For example it is common to have zone of partial preservation in many spinal injuries which is an area of preserved partial sensation below the injury site but below which no significant motor and sensory function is present. Continue Reading »
Cervical myelopathy is a disorder most commonly seen in the elderly population due to spondylosis with resultant cord compression.1 There are many causes of myelopathy that include trauma, tumors, infection, vascular disease, degenerative conditions and demyelinating disorders.9 Myelopathy can be seen in younger patients when central disc herniations compress the spinal cord.1 Most typically, however, there are osteophytic changes and ligament thickening makes the canal stenotic. Patients will most typically present with weakness and clumsiness of the hands, paresthesias in the hand and gait disturbances. Continue Reading »
According to a recent study commissioned by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are over 200,000 people living with spinal cord injuries caused by sporting and recreational accidents in the United States. This summer, don’t put yourself at risk for serious injury by forgetting simple safety tips.
Don’t dive right in!
It is important to continue to educate kids as they get older about the risks of diving. “There are roughly 6,500 adolescents seen in the emergency room each year because of diving related injuries,” says Debby Gerhardstein, Executive Director of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. Continue Reading »
The Mayfield Clinic and Spine Institute urges parents, camp counselors and coaches to remind young people that diving into shallow water can result in devastating and irreversible injuries to the spinal cord.
A life-changing injury can be sustained when the spinal cord, a bundle of nerves that runs down the back from the base of the brain to the waist, is damaged or severed by trauma. Continue Reading »
Inspiration comes from places you least expect. On Friday, it was in a West Bloomfield sports memorabilia-blazed garage, when former Detroit Lions offensive guard Mike Utley was in town to talk about a bicycle tour fundraiser with proceeds going to help find a cure for paralysis.
When I think of biking, I go to places like the West Bloomfield Woods Trail Network, Proud Lake Recreation Area, Macomb Orchard Trail, or many of the trails in the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan parks in southeast Michigan. Continue Reading »