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Articles Tagged: Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Recovering quadriplegic returns to the stage

Published: April 18, 2014 | Category: News

quadriplegic returns to the stage Vince Rutley(WJBK) – A 28-year-old man from Clarkston is told he’ll never walk again after a tragic accident, but with modern medicine and raw determination he’s working to prove doctors wrong.

Vince Rutley was newly engaged, learning to act and had just started standup comedy. Then, one day, his brother had car trouble on northbound I-75 near M-59. As Rutley was pulling over to help jumpstart the battery, he was hit by a truck.

He says he was tossed around inside his vehicle and his head was busted open – but his neck snapping is what did the most damage to his body. Continue Reading »

New discovery gives hope that nerves could be repaired after spinal cord injury

Published: April 1, 2014 | Category: News

A new discovery suggests it could one day be possible to chemically reprogram and repair damaged nerves after spinal cord injury or brain trauma.

Researchers from Imperial College London and the Hertie Institute, University of Tuebingen have identified a possible mechanism for re-growing damaged nerve fibres in the central nervous system (CNS). Continue Reading »

Young wrestler battles back after spinal cord injury

Published: March 17, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Hunter GarstinHunter Garstin, 15, shows remarkable improvement 100 days after getting hurt during a match

ATLANTA — If Hunter Garstin gets the chance to wrestle again — if his body and his parents cooperate — he will.

But the 15-year-old Franklin, Ga. resident realizes that’s a long way off.

The Independence High School freshman suffered a spinal cord injury at a wrestling tournament 100 days ago. He was initially paralyzed from the neck down, but he has regained full use of his arms and partial use of his hands. He can manually operate a wheelchair and is working toward walking again. Continue Reading »

Janine Shepherd overcame a horrific spinal cord injury – now she wants to help others do the same

Published: March 13, 2014 | Category: News

Janine Shepherd is now a pilotJANINE Shepherd should have died 28 years ago.

Her body was broken and paralysed from the waist down. Doctors told her parents to prepare for the worst. Even when she rolled out of hospital in a wheelchair six months later, lucky to be alive, they said she’d never walk again or have children.

“I thought about giving up,” Janine tells “But there was something inside of me that thought, ‘I’ve come back for a reason … I’d better bloody find out what it is.’ Continue Reading »

A pacemaker in the brain for spinal cord injury?

Published: October 24, 2013 | Category: Answers

2007 Regenerative MedicineDeep-brain stimulation, a technique used for more than a decade to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, may help restore greater function and more natural movement to patients with spinal cord injuries that have left at least a few nerves intact, new research says.

A study published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine showed that in rats whose spinal cords were partially severed, the implantation of a pacemaker in the brain’s mesencephalic locomotor region – a control center for the initiation of movement – restored the hind limbs’ ability to run and support weight to near-normal levels. Continue Reading »

Treadmill Training After Spinal Cord Injury Promotes Recovery When Inflammation is Controlled

Published: August 6, 2013 | Category: News

ohio state universityResearchers Observe Inflammation in Animal Models Far From Trauma Location

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research suggests that treadmill training soon after a spinal cord injury can have long-lasting positive effects on recovery – as long as the training is accompanied by efforts to control inflammation in the lower spinal cord.

The study, in animals, also is among the first to show that spinal cord injuries can create impairments in parts of the cord located many spine segments away from the trauma site. Continue Reading »

New technology has paralyzed monkey’s walking

Published: June 27, 2013 | Category: Videos

Could a cure for paralysis be in the near future? Invivo Therapeutics shows technology minimizing tissue damage after a spinal cord injury Continue Reading »

Paralysed man regains use of hand after operation

Published: May 15, 2012 | Category: Videos

Surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have restored some hand function in a quadriplegic patient with a spinal cord injury at the C7 vertebra, the lowest bone in the neck. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed driver Michael Johnson continues winning races

Published: July 28, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

More good news on 18-year-old paralyzed racer Michael Johnson from Mt. Morris: He keeps winning races and is being featured in the newest issue of Racer Magazine, the premier North American motor sports publication.

The Free Press introduced readers to Johnson a couple of years ago, when he was racing go-karts with hand controls and preparing for experimental stem cell surgery as a result of a motorcycle racing accident in Sarnia, Ontario, in 2005. He fractured his T5 and T6 vertebrae in the accident and was left without movement from the waist down. Continue Reading »

Escaping quadriplegia: tackling life step by step

Published: June 22, 2011 | Category: News

MORNINGTON’S Irwin Vale was told by doctors he would live the rest of his life as a quadriplegic, unable to move his body as a result of a scooter accident three years ago.

But he has proved them wrong. Thanks to his parents’ support, hard work and an alternative exercise therapy, Mr Vale is walking, with the assistance of crutches, and wants to help others do the same.

Mr Vale has held a commercial pilot’s licence since age 16 and, at age 19 moved to Fiji to work as an instructor. Continue Reading »