Articles Tagged: Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
TRAVELLING over 4,000 miles from her home town in Northern Ireland to Project Walk in Longwood, Orlando, bubbly Jennifer Smyth is on an epic journey, not to accumulate the rich life experiences of adventurous travel, but rather to regain her legs – the use of which she lost in a catastrophic gymnastic accident almost three years ago.
She explained: “Ever since I was a little girl I have been consumed by gymnastics and have devoted myself to the discipline of athletes, always pushing myself to be the best I can be. I don’t know any other way to live. The accident happened on a Tuesday evening after school, I was on my last vault before moving to the next event, and when I landed I just couldn’t move. Continue Reading »
July 16, 2016 | Category: News
A new patient study has paved the way for a new opportunity to rehabilitate patients with spinal cord damage.
Dr Anastasia Shulga led the Helsinki University Hospital study in which two patients with spinal cord injuries received a form of treatment that combined transcranial magnetic stimulation with simultaneous peripheral nerve stimulation given repeatedly for nearly six months.
This was the first time that attempts were made to rehabilitate patients paralysed as a result of a spinal cord injury through long-term stimulation treatment of this type. Continue Reading »
Rhiannon 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 »
(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 »
December 3, 2015 | Category: News
Most 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 »
May 30, 2015 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: C-4
LOS 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 »
Clinton 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 »
One 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 »
January 3, 2015 | Category: News
A 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 »
A 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 »