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Life goes on after acquired disability

Published: September 12, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ON A summer day in 1985, Bruce Stark got up, went to work and became a quadriplegic. Bruce, who is president of the Sunshine Coast’s first independent disability services organization, 121 Care, gives an insight into what it is like to face the challenge of living with an acquired disability.

I WAS working as a plumber at Dalby and fell through a galvanised iron roof.

I was 23 at the time.

When I first woke up in hospital, I was wondering what the hell was going on. Continue Reading »

A Year Ago He Was Paralyzed From the Neck Down — Then This Happened

Published: August 24, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

You might feel a bit down if you watch the news. Who wouldn’t?

Angry people might be grabbing headlines and making you wonder about the future, but the antidote is all around you.

Talk to some of your neighbors. Chances are, no matter what they look like or where they’re originally from, you’ll find they’re actually pretty decent people — just like you.

The little improvements we all try to make may not register much, but the accumulation of them all eventually does. Continue Reading »

Dan Baird: Quadriplegic Motocross Athlete

Published: August 10, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Dan says, ‘Whether it’s motocross or hill climbs or dirt drags I just like being at the track.’ Continue Reading »

Washing Hands – How To | Quadriplegic (C5,C6,C7)

Published: July 6, 2017 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Washing hands after experiencing a Spinal Cord Injury is an important role in preventing UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections). Continue Reading »

Ed Jackson: Dragons rugby player on his battle to walk again

Published: June 27, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,


Saturday, 8 April, 2017 was the day that changed the life of rugby player Ed Jackson forever.

The Dragons number eight had just finished lunch at a family barbecue near Bath.

But one “freak” moment later – as he dived into the shallow end of a pool thinking it was the deep end – left the 28-year-old with a broken neck. Continue Reading »

Kindness, courage help quadriplegic two years after devastating accident

Published: April 16, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Todd Duitsman has made extraordinary progress since he suffered spinal-cord injuries while body surfing at Big Beach on Maui in 2014. And with unfailing grace and good humor, he inspires others.

EVERETT — With a weightlifter’s grimace, Todd Duitsman focused on exercising his arms. Like most everyone else using the Marysville Family YMCA’s fitness equipment, he was hard at work.

But Duitsman isn’t like everyone else. The Stanwood man is a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Man moves paralyzed legs using device that stimulates spinal cord

Published: April 3, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions for the first time in three years.

The case, the result of collaboration with UCLA researchers, appears today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers say these results offer further evidence that a combination of this technology and rehabilitation may help patients with spinal cord injuries regain control over previously paralyzed movements, such as steplike actions, balance control and standing. Continue Reading »

Woman doesn’t let spinal cord injury keep her off the racetrack

Published: November 14, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

nathalie-mcgloin-paralyzed-race-driver“Life after spinal injury doesn’t have to be any worse, it just has to be different.”

Sometimes you do something just because someone tells you not to.

That was the case for Nathalie McGloin, the only paralyzed female racing driver in the UK.

McGloin suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash when she was a teenager, which has rendered her paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »

User-Friendly Urinary Catheter Designed by Quadriplegic Gets FDA Clearance

Published: October 6, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

perfic-cath-catheter-designed-by-quadriplegicAdapta Medical, Inc. to Expand Catheter Product Line

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Adapta Medical, Inc. has received FDA market release for the PerfIC Cath® intermittent touchless urinary catheter. The sterile catheter system was designed by J. Glen House, MD, a C7 quadriplegic with limited finger dexterity.

FDA clearance for the PerfIC Cath® will result in Adapta expanding the PerfIC Cath® product line and launching the new mPower Cath™ series catheter product line. Both product lines feature hydrophilic and gel lubricants for straight and coude-tipped catheters. The PerfIC Cath® catheters have an attached urine collection bag while the mPower Cath™ products have a urine collection bag that is not attached to the catheter. Continue Reading »

Tendon Transfer Should Be Used More Often in Tetraplegia

Published: September 7, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

tendon-tranferTendon transfer can significantly improve hand and elbow function in quadriplegic patients, but the procedure is greatly underused, according to a new study.

A review of studies by hand surgeon Professor Michael Bednar, MD, of Loyola Medicine (Maywood, IL, USA) found that an estimated 65-75% of patients with cervical spinal cord injuries could benefit from upper extremity tendon transfer surgery, but only 14% of patients actually complete the procedure. Tendon transfer surgically redirects functional muscles to do the work of muscles that are paralyzed. Depending on the extent of the spinal cord injury, tendon transfers can enable a patient to grasp objects, pinch, open the hand, and straighten the elbow. Continue Reading »