Monthly Archives: June 2008
The last four years of Jonathan Kloss’ life have been a challenge.
But not just because he took classes that pushed him and had to deal with everything that high school students encounter.
Jonathan also had to adjust to life in a wheelchair.
On May 20, 2004, — just before the end of eighth grade — Jonathan suffered severe spinal cord injuries in a bicycle accident.
On Monday night, four years after his accident, Jonathan and his classmates became graduates of West Scranton High School.
“I never thought I’d be here,” Jonathan, now 18, said.
Some tips from a quadriplegic on a variety of things….opening mail, carrying cell phone, water bottle with strap, opening zippers, blow dryer holder, small gadget holder
Spinal Cord Injury Recovery – Austin, TX
Central Nervous System may be retrained, report led by Physical Therapist shows
ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 4, 2008)—A new report shows that a non-ambulatory (unable to walk or stand) child with a Cervical spinal cord injury was able to restore basic walking function after intensive locomotor training. The case study, published in Physical Therapy (May 2008), the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), evaluated the effects of locomotor training in a 4 ½ year-old-boy, who had no ability to walk following a gunshot wound sixteen months earlier.
ScienceDaily (Jun. 4, 2008) — A new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University identifies a key mechanism for the normal development of Motor nerve cells (motor neurons) – cells that control muscles. This finding is crucial to understanding and treating a range of conditions involving nerve cell loss or damage, from spinal cord injury to neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Nerve cell Regeneration is a complex process. Not only do nerve cells have to regenerate, but just as importantly, their specific and individual connections need to be regenerated also. The study, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides invaluable insight into these vital processes by understanding the mechanisms involved in normal development of selected types of spinal cord motor nerve cells.