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Tendon Transfer Should Be Used More Often in Tetraplegia

Published: September 7, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

tendon-tranferTendon transfer can significantly improve hand and elbow function in quadriplegic patients, but the procedure is greatly underused, according to a new study.

A review of studies by hand surgeon Professor Michael Bednar, MD, of Loyola Medicine (Maywood, IL, USA) found that an estimated 65-75% of patients with cervical spinal cord injuries could benefit from upper extremity tendon transfer surgery, but only 14% of patients actually complete the procedure. Tendon transfer surgically redirects functional muscles to do the work of muscles that are paralyzed. Depending on the extent of the spinal cord injury, tendon transfers can enable a patient to grasp objects, pinch, open the hand, and straighten the elbow. Continue Reading »

Aday at a time: After tragic accident, Aday making strides in physical therapy

Published: September 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

greg-aday-spinal-cord-injuryA hearty smile and a positive attitude are how Greg Aday approaches life each day. This outlook helps to guide Aday as he goes through physical therapy sessions for a spinal cord injury he sustained in an auto accident. Aday’s life changed after he had stopped at a convenience store in Glenn Heights to get gas for his Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck on March 22, 1998.

“Usually, if I had to get gas I would come to Waxahachie. But for some reason that I night, I said, ‘Well I am going to pull in there.’ I got gas. There is a service road that you drive down to get back on the highway. When I was getting back on the highway, there was some lady broken down off to the side. I don’t remember dodging her but evidently, there was a girl that was coming the other way and she was doing about 80 mph,” Aday said. “She is the one that hit me from behind. It knocked me off the service road. Continue Reading »

Stem Cell Agency Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trial Passes Safety Hurdles

Published: August 31, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

logo-CIRMOakland, CA – A clinical trial using stem cells to treat people with recent spinal cord injuries has cleared two key safety hurdles, and been given approval to expand the therapy to a larger group of patients with a much higher dose of cells.

Asterias Biotherapeutics announced that its Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) has reviewed the safety data from the first two groups of patients treated and found no problems or adverse side effects. One group of three patients was given 2 million cells. The second group of five patients received 10 million cells. Asterias is now cleared to enroll another 5-8 patients with 20 million cells. Continue Reading »

Mason Ellis – Explaining Tenodesis

Published: August 16, 2016 | Category: Featured Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

This is a video of Mason Ellis explaining Tenodesis (movement of the wrist to move fingers). Mason is a C5, C6, C7 Complete Quadriplegic (Paralysis of all four limbs) with little tricep function.

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Utah’s longest-living quadriplegic who never stops moving

Published: August 14, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

becky-reeve-longest-living-quadriplegic-in-utahSALT LAKE CITY — Becky Reeve was going to be the world’s greatest missionary and then the world’s greatest mother — until a car accident on an icy road in New Mexico paralyzed her from the neck down, and she determined instead that she would be the world’s greatest handicapped person.

How’s that going?

Well, consider this: It’s been 53 years since that accident, and at 76 years old Becky is not only the oldest quadriplegic in Utah, but one of the longest-living quads in history, not far behind Wally Dutcher, a 79-year-old Florida man who was paralyzed 60 years ago in a diving accident and is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living quadriplegic.

So not too shabby. Continue Reading »

Meet Catfish Chris

Published: August 3, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Fourteen years ago, a car crash left Chris paralyzed from the chest down—but he didn’t let that keep him from fishing. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic remembered as avid deer hunter, outdoorsman

Published: July 11, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

David Pollie 1David Pollie’s favorite place in the world was in the woods, and being a quadriplegic since the age of 15 did not stop him from hunting whitetail deer.

The Grand Rapids man who overcame incredible odds to get back into the woods died unexpectedly last week. He was 32.

David, who raised funds for a special track chair to help his pursuit of whitetail deer, went into cardiac arrest at his home June 30 and never recovered. Continue Reading »

Misfortune won’t get the better of quadriplegic filmmaker Paddy Slattery

Published: May 30, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Paddy Slattery Film MakerIn the 20 years since a car crash left him quadriplegic, filmmaker Paddy Slattery has found nothing but opportunity, inspiration and happiness

Paddy Slattery remembers feeling surprised that he had not noticed before that his friend had the exact same black boot runners as he did. The car in which they were travelling had just crashed. He had decided against putting on his safety belt in case the young driver who had stopped to give them a lift might think he didn’t trust him.

Now Paddy was lying with his head in the driver’s footwell, on the pedals, the driver was on top of him and Paddy was thinking about the boot runners. They were the same as his, but he couldn’t feel the feet that were in them, which is why he thought they belonged to someone else. He tried to shout, but realised he could barely breathe. Continue Reading »

Experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord shows promise

Published: May 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

James Mason after the accidentAn experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord injuries is showing promise. It uses stem cells in the damaged areas in hopes of restoring function and movement.

And for one patient, it is promising.

On April 9, 2013, James Mason was an accident waiting to happen.

“There was nothing we could have done to change that night,” said Bob Gambuti. Continue Reading »

UPMC’s clinical trial showing promise with spinal cord injuries

Published: February 26, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Michael-FraserThree years ago, Michael Fraser broke his neck in a diving accident near his Vandergrift home but remembers little about it.

But in April, the man with quadriplegia underwent an experimental neural stem-cell procedure that wasn’t only a life-changing experience but could represent the first interventional treatment for spinal cord injuries.

Mr. Fraser, 24, now can lift himself from his wheelchair into bed without assistance. He breathes more freely and deeply and has greater core strength with better dexterity. Previously he could manage only a half-mile on his arm-powered elliptical but now does two to three miles, he said. Continue Reading »