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Articles Tagged: Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

‘I decided to have a recovery’: Rhiannon Tracey’s next big step

Published: May 3, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Rhiannon horse-riding since accidentRhiannon Tracey was two months shy of her 21st birthday when she found herself face down in a pool of water.

In Bali, on a girl’s trip with her mum and best friend, they had returned to the hotel pool after an afternoon of celebrating, when Rhiannon dived in.

She felt her whole body jolt as her head hit the shallows in the pool labelled ‘deep’. Continue Reading »

Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: February 19, 2016 | Category: Information

Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients(HealthDay News) — Beginning rehabilitation soon after a spinal cord injury seems to lead to improvements in functioning for patients, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 4,000 people in the United States who suffered a spinal cord injury between 2000 and 2014. The patients’ average age was about 41 and the average time to start rehabilitation was 19 days.

Early rehabilitation was associated with better physical functioning when patients left the hospital and during the following year. Continue Reading »

Why We Need More Stories of Disability That Aren’t About Overcoming Disability

Published: December 3, 2015 | Category: News

overcoming a disabilityMost stories that reach mainstream audiences about disability require the person to “overcome” it. You’ve seen the headlines: ‘Paralyzed bride walks down the aisle’ or ‘Paralyzed student walks on graduation day.” Stories like these deserve and should continue to be shared, but if those are the only stories we see in the media, we’re only seeing one portrayal of disability and we’re ignoring the diversity of disability experiences and perspectives.

Take paralysis as an example. Sure, some people would give anything to walk. Many go to great lengths to achieve it and some even succeed. However, not everyone has the option to walk. Continue Reading »

Putting 1 foot in front of another, former quadriplegic spends 15 years learning to walk again

Published: May 30, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Aaron Baker Coming To My SensesLOS ANGELES — The worst day of Aaron Baker’s life wasn’t when the then-20-year-old professional motocross racer crashed his bike one spring day in 1999, flew over the handlebars and hit the ground head-first, paralyzing him from the neck down.

No, the worst day came a year later when Baker’s physical therapy ended. That was when his therapists, marveling that he could actually stand on his own again and move his arms some, cautioned him not to expect much more. Continue Reading »

Recovery a lifelong project for therapy center founder

Published: May 17, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Charlie ParkhillClinton Township — Charlie Parkhill talks with his hands. It’s remarkable, given that 17 years ago, an accident left him unable to move his body below his neck.

Parkhill was a CPA with his own business when, in 1998, he went on vacation with his wife to Mexico. While he was coming out of the water, a giant wave hit him and knocked him onto his head, bruising and partially severing his spinal cord.

The doctors told him physical therapy beyond the first year was a waste of time, that he would never walk again. But Parkhill was stubborn. Continue Reading »

Motocross rider Bruce Cook lands back flip after spinal injury

Published: January 6, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Bruce CookOne year after he injured his spinal cord, Bruce Cook says he has come a long way

Motocross stunt rider Bruce Cook has taken to old adage “once you fall off the horse; get back on” to heart.

The 27-year old from Kelowna injured his spinal cord while attempting a new world record for a double front flip last January. Continue Reading »

Queensbury firefighter paralysed in bike crash is now helping spinal patients snorkel

Published: January 3, 2015 | Category: News

helping spinal patients snorkelA Queensbury firefighter who was paralysed in a cycling accident is now using his love of scuba diving to help other patients with spinal injuries.

Pete Lau had travelled the world scuba diving and had a passion for the outdoors, but his life changed for ever when he suffered devastating injuries when he was knocked off his bike while cycling with friends in Wensleydale in April 2014. Continue Reading »

Life after a spinal cord injury

Published: December 17, 2014 | Category: Information

harness system helps patients walk againA spinal cord injury can be a life-changing event. Within a few minutes, some of the very basic things you took for granted – walking, dressing yourself, driving a car-are taken away from you. Rebuilding your life after spinal cord injury is a long, arduous process with many bumps in the road that most people cannot even fathom.

Working with individuals with spinal cord injury “really makes you realize how much we can take for granted with our own health,” said Julie Coté, a physical therapist at Magee Rehabilitation, where large populations of their patients have spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Recovering from L1, L2 Spinal cord injury

Published: December 5, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Hi, My name is Raffy. Located at Lamitan City Basilan in the Philippines. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed aerialist vows to one day walk and fly again

Published: November 10, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

SACRAMENTO, CA – Tresa Honaker has adapted to life’s changes with an unwavering resolve and trust.

“It’s the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life,” Honaker said. Continue Reading »