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Walking with hope

Published: June 3, 2012 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Patients with spinal cord injuries are challenging mainstream treatments in their bid to recover use of their paralysed limbs. Quadriplegic Matthew Pierri reports.

IN THE early morning of June 17, 2007, I had a nightmare. I was strapped to a bed in a dark room, paralysed below my chest. I struggled in silence until a lady appeared. She sighed and told me to relax, asking me if I knew where I was; if I knew what had happened. I didn’t answer, I just tried to wake up.

You never forget the moment you realise you’re already awake. Continue Reading »

Paraplegic Man Stands, Steps with Assistance, Moves His Legs Voluntarily

Published: May 24, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Regimen of Epidural Spinal Cord Stimulation, Plus Extensive Locomotor Training, A Significant Breakthrough

A team of scientists at the University of Louisville, UCLA and the California Institute of Technology has achieved a significant breakthrough in its initial work with a paralyzed male volunteer at Louisville’s Frazier Rehab Institute. It is the result of 30 years of research to find potential clinical therapies for paralysis. Continue Reading »

Peer-Reviewed Flexiciser Clinical Trials Published by the Journal for Spinal Cord Medicine

Published: November 8, 2008 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Carlsbad, CA, November 08, 2008 –(– Flexiciser International which provides movement therapy solutions for people with mobility challenges today announced that its Clinical Trials have been published by the Journal for Spinal Cord Medicine. The Clinical Trials were completed by Dr. Todd Astorino, member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists, and in collaboration with the Kinesiology Department at California State University San Marcos, and Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Clinic. The results of this latest study demonstrate immediate benefits in Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Ratings of Perceived Exertion and Oxygen Uptake. Continue Reading »

Creative physical therapy improves lives of people with paralysis

Published: November 4, 2008 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

rehabEvery 41 minutes someone sustains a spinal cord injury. Almost half of these injuries are due to Motor vehicle crashes, followed by the next most common cause, falls. The majority of those affected are males between the ages of 16 and 30. One minute they’re leading active, independent lives and the next, they’re paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair and destined to a sedentary existence.

Such was the fate of Allan Northrup. Seven years ago, the Eastside man was in a car accident off of I-90 on Thanksgiving weekend. He sustained a C7-T1 spinal cord injury and ended up with a metal plate in his back to realign his spine. He spent two months in rehab and eventually learned how to transfer himself from his bed to his wheelchair. Continue Reading »

Vet Travels to Mexico To Receive Stem Cell Treatment

Published: May 23, 2007 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

2007052402(KABC-TV) – Stem cell therapy is the next frontier in medicine. Scientists hope to someday use stem cells as the ultimate body-repair kit, growing new tissue and replacing damaged organs.

But the science isn’t moving fast enough for some people.

They are traveling out of the U.S. to get stem cell injections that are illegal here.

Some claim the injections can cure everything from autism to Alzheimer’s and paralysis. Continue Reading »

Skelley has moved on from injury

Published: March 23, 2007 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Allie Skelley never thought such a mundane task that most people take for granted would make him so happy. But he’s grateful for every day he rolls out of bed and his feet touch the floor without assistance.

That wasn’t a given four years ago when the Wolfeboro native suffered a serious neck injury that could have killed him or at the very least cost him the ability to walk.

A junior defenseman and captain for the St. Lawrence University hockey team, Skelley was checked from behind in a game against Lake Superior State in Canton, N.Y., and tumbled head-first into the boards. Continue Reading »

Physical therapy helps College Station woman regain use of arms

Published: October 13, 2006 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

9588_300Shonnie Moore of College Station, paralyzed in a July 2005 traffic accident, has had to learn how to eat, bathe and live all over again through Physical Therapy. “They call it [becoming a quadriplegic] a new birth,” she said.

Julie Cernel of St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center in Bryan, who served as Moore’s physical therapist for 13 months, has improved her Functional mobility and strength through exercises and aquatic therapy. Continue Reading »