Monthly Archives: May 2007
Doctors increasingly implant pumps, inject Botox to relieve muscle spasms
Spokane Physiatrist Dr. Karen Stanek says a fast-growing number of people here are using two little-known tools in the fight against a debilitating muscle-contraction problem known as Spasticity.
She says usage of implantable medicine pumps to treat spasticity has doubled in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area in the last four years, and the use of Botox injections for the same reason has doubled in the past two years.
Great travel tips from Mark, a paraplegic and experienced wheelchair user,
Julie Snider watched helplessly Saturday night as Snoopy, her chocolate Labrador retriever, ran into the path of a car on Fillyaw Road.
Her 5-year-old son, Zachery, thought Snoopy was dead.
Snoopy survived but can’t walk because of a spinal injury. The dog needs an MRI to find out if surgery is necessary, but the Sniders don’t have the money to pay for it.
Julie and Jay, an Army staff sergeant, are hoping there are enough warm hearts in the community to help get Snoopy back on his feet.
A soft tapping at her door in Louisville’s Frazier Rehab Institute last week momentarily took patient Duanne Puckett of Shelbyville back 40 years.
Puckett, now 57, who was left a quadriplegic after a drunk hit the car in which she was riding in 1967, is recuperating from delicate spinal surgery to save her remaining arm and wrist movement.
In my column several weeks ago, in which she discussed her difficult choice between risking the surgery or possibly losing the use of her arms without surgery, she remembered the last time she was at Frazier Rehab after learning that she would never walk again.