Yearly Archives: 2015
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– According to the National Spinal Cord Injury statistical center, 270,000 Americans live with a spinal cord injury.
But now, there’s a new device that gives people in wheelchairs the ability to stand.
The Tek Robot Mobilization Device is a Segway-like machine that allows people with spinal chord injuries to stand and move while upright.
He cannot walk or move any of his limbs, is perpetually on an automatic wheel chair and needs the support of at least two attendants round the clock. He only manages to raise his right forearm to pick up a pen or mobile phone.
But that has not deterred Jitendra Kumar Biswal, a quadriplegic since childhood, from conceptualizing a film and playing the lead in it. The 35-minute short film, The Desire, is the story of a person with extreme disability and his relationship with a “normal” girl.
“The message of my film is clear: like any other human being, people with disability have feeling, emotion and desire. It is time society recognizes and respects it,” Biswal, 44, told HT.
Spinal cord injury (SCI) involves damage to the area that can cause an impairment of loss of muscle control, movement and sensation. Currently, patients with injury to the spinal cord are managed with physical therapy, occupation therapy and other rehabilitation methods to cope with the physical changes.
However, stem cell research may present a new approach to the management of this patient group, allowing for a potential improvement in the symptoms of the condition, such as incontinence, muscular control and sexual function.
Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can have catastrophic effects on individuals resulting in loss of physical abilities and independence. Loss of the ability to perform activities of daily living reduces the quality of life. Furthermore, decreased ability to perform physical activities decreases overall fitness and increases the risk of diseases related to sedentary lifestyle. Activity-based restorative therapies (ABRTs) provide an option to help optimize rehabilitation through the restoration of function and the introduction to physical activities via adapted equipment.
I was a healthy physiotherapist cycling to work when I was hit by a car – and suffered the injuries I used to treat
In November 2008 I was cycling through Greenwich Park as part of my daily commute to the Royal London hospital. I saw a car suddenly turn in front of me and I knew I couldn’t miss it. Time froze for an instant as I prayed for a miracle to save me. That is THE moment that changed me, no other moment has had such a profound impact on my life.
CHANDIGARH: Little did Imran Khan know that his life will change forever after an adventure trip he undertook with his friends when he was in an engineering college in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra in 2004. He slipped and the next thing he knew was that he was on a hospital bed, unable to move.
“I fell down due to which I had a spinal cord injury and my nerves were ruptured and spinal cord was fractured,” says Imran, 32, who was 21-year-old at the time of his accident.
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.
A Vanderbilt neurosurgeon is looking to recruit patients with paraplegia to investigate whether intraspinal microstimulation technology can restore complex body movements.
The implantation of tiny electrodes along the spinal cord has caused paralyzed animals to walk, but it has yet to be tested with humans. Peter Konrad, M.D., Ph.D., and his research team are seeking volunteers willing to participate in a proof of concept experiment.
The study requirements are very specific.
Father William Atkinson a “tremendous witness to the rest of us”
PHILADELPHIA (ChurchMilitant.com) – The cause for canonization for the first quadriplegic man ordained a priest has received the support of U.S. bishops.
At the annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted unanimously to support the cause for sainthood for Pennsylvania native Fr. William Atkinson.
“The USCCB voted and unanimously agreed that his cause should move forward,” said the Rev. Anthony DiGuglielmo, vice chancellor for the archdiocese of Philadelphia.
This is a video Christopher Hills made as part of a presentation he gave to Alberta Education.