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Yearly Archives: 2009

Star athlete’s dreams shattered after bizarre accident

Published: December 18, 2009

4e91819c47a4a40cc9246c0248e9It all happened in a horrifying split second and, three months later, Anthony Lue still can’t quite believe it.

“I should be dead,” he said.

Lue’s voice cracks as he recounts the events of a bizarre and near fatal industrial accident that has left him in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down.

The dreams of the 21-year-old former Pickering High School student are in tatters. There was a time when he aspired to major league baseball, or even compete for Canada in the hurdles at the Olympics. In high school, he was a multi-sport star and an athlete of the year.

American Chopper for Reeve Foundation Sneak Peek

Published: December 18, 2009

Paul Sr. and the crew from Orange County Choppers (OCC) has built a motorcycle for the Reeve Foundation.

Reeve Foundation “bike” being built on American Chopper

Published: December 17, 2009

OCC-at-AME_300The Reeve Foundation is about to be featured on the TLC show American Chopper! Paul Teutul Sr. and the crew from Orange County Choppers (OCC) have built a motorcycle for the Reeve Foundation. And this motorcycle is like no other chopper ever built. It is a trike-bike chopper that is custom built for wheelchair access!

The TV show airs on January 7, 2010, starting at 9 p.m. ET. And we would like you to have people over to watch the show. In fact, we would like to have American Chopper parties across the country!

Lessons we learn from review of urological procedures performed during three decades in a...

Published: December 16, 2009

Background We review urological procedures performed on a spinal cord injury patient during three decades.Case presentation A 23-year-old male patient sustained T-12 paraplegia in 1971. In 1972, intravenous urography showed both kidneys functioning well; division of external urethral sphincter was performed.

Pitt Study Shows Wheelchair Breakdowns Common and Cause Problems for Spinal-Cord Injured Users

Published: December 16, 2009

PITTSBURGH, – Nearly half of all individuals with spinal cord injury have to repair their wheelchairs in a six-month period due to a breakdown, according to a University of Pittsburgh-led study.

Such breakdowns can negatively impact wheelchair users’ health and quality of life by threatening safety and decreasing community participation. Of those users who reported completing repairs, almost 20 percent experienced one or more adverse consequences, such as being stranded, getting injured, and missing work or important appointments.

Prevention of pressure ulcers

Published: December 14, 2009

Experts all agree that it is far easier to prevent bed sore than to treat them. However, easier does not necessarily mean easy. With the appropriate measures, patients and medical staff can significantly reduce the risk of developing pressure ulcers.

The Mayo Clinic, USA, recommends that patients and medical staff develop a plan that all can follow; this must include position changes, supportive devices, routine skin inspections and good diet.

What are the treatment options for pressure ulcers?

Published: December 14, 2009

Treating pressure ulcers is not easy. If it is an open wound it most likely will not heal rapidly; even when healing does take place it may be patchy because the skin and other tissues have already been damaged. A multidisciplinary approach is required to deal with the many aspects of wound care. According to the National Health Service (NHS), UK, the MDT (multidisciplinary team) may consist of:

What are the signs and symptoms of pressure ulcers?

Published: December 14, 2009

A symptom is something the patient feels and reports, while a sign is something other people, such as the doctor detect. For example, pain may be a symptom while a rash may be a sign.

Parts of the body that are not covered by a high level of body fat and flesh (muscle) and are in direct contact with a supporting surface, such as a bed or wheelchair have the highest risk of developing pressure ulcers. Bedbound patients are most at risk of developing bed sores on their:

What Are Bed Sores (pressure Ulcers)?

Published: December 14, 2009

Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers are skin lesions which can be caused by friction, humidity, temperature, continence, medication, shearing forces, age and unrelieved pressure. Any part of the body may be affected; bony or cartilaginous areas, such as the elbows, knees, ankles and sacrum are most commonly affected. The sacrum is a triangular bone at the base of the spine and the upper and back part of the pelvic cavity (like a wedge between the two hip bones).

Water works on paralysis

Published: December 14, 2009

MTSU research brings amazing results

As miracles go, it’s not quite walking on water. But for paralyzed volunteers taking part in an MTSU study, walking in water is almost as amazing.

For the past eight weeks, university researchers have placed people with crippling spinal cord injuries on underwater treadmills — with impressive results.