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A Guide To Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 22, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

This video was done as part of a project for one of Sam’s classes in nursing school. The people interviewed are very near and dear to our hearts and we hope that once you hear their stories they will have stolen a little piece of your heart as well. Continue Reading »

I May Have Suffered A Spinal Injury, But The Ball Is Still In My Court

Published: February 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Hand with glove catching baseball

My love for the game of baseball began the moment I picked up a bat and a ball at two years old. From that day forward, I couldn’t put them down. Fast forward 17 years and I was fully intent on chasing my childhood and lifelong dream to be a Major League Baseball player.

By February 2011, I was still beaming from a steamroll of of successes over the previous year: My high school had won our division championship, finishing first throughout the state of California. I had won every individual award possible, ranging from League MVP to California State Player of the Year. Continue Reading »

I went from trauma clinician to patient with life-changing injuries

Published: December 3, 2015 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

life-changing injuriesI 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. Continue Reading »

Paralysed three years ago, Jack Kavanagh is about to embark on the original American road trip

Published: May 28, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

THREE YEARS AGO then 20-year-old Jack Kavanagh had the world at his feet when fate struck him an incredibly cruel blow. Now, he’s about to show us what a truly indomitable spirit is as he embarks on a road trip along the west coast of America.

August 2012. Having just finished first year Pharmacy at Trinity College, the windsurfing lifeguard was holidaying in Portugal with friends while he contemplated what came next. Continue Reading »

Recovery a lifelong project for therapy center founder

Published: May 17, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Charlie ParkhillClinton Township — Charlie Parkhill talks with his hands. It’s remarkable, given that 17 years ago, an accident left him unable to move his body below his neck.

Parkhill was a CPA with his own business when, in 1998, he went on vacation with his wife to Mexico. While he was coming out of the water, a giant wave hit him and knocked him onto his head, bruising and partially severing his spinal cord.

The doctors told him physical therapy beyond the first year was a waste of time, that he would never walk again. But Parkhill was stubborn. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Chad Graham to drive off-road buggy 4800km from Kalgoorlie to Cobar to raise money for others

Published: April 17, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Chad Graham in his off-road buggyCHAD Graham’s left hand, you notice, is strapped onto the steering wheel of his customised buggy.

Not around the wheel. Onto it.

“My fingers and hand, they can’t really grip anything,’’ he explains. “So I’m strapped on and steer with my wrist.

“Then, because I can’t operate the brake or accelerator pedals either, my right hand is tied into the top of this gearstick.” Continue Reading »

The rewiring of Tim Raglin

Published: March 13, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The rewiring of Tim RaglinClick image above to play the video.

On a bitterly cold morning in late February, a medical team gathers at 7 a.m. on the third floor of The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus to launch what will be an unprecedented day of surgery. Continue Reading »

Q&A: Nerve Transfer Surgery

Published: March 13, 2015 | Category: Answers | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

0314-nerve-transfer-surgeryQ. What is nerve transfer surgery?

A. Nerve transfer is a surgical technique that’s used to restore muscle function or sensation after a serious injury. Employing the technique, surgeons select a redundant nerve — one that serves the same function as another nerve in the body — and connect it to a more important but damaged nerve that’s not working. The nerves must be in close proximity. The rewired nerve can restore muscle function or feeling to the target area, often a hand, arm or shoulder. Continue Reading »

Stone’s will: Quadriplegic inspires Cayuse students

Published: February 20, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Joe StoneJoe Stone has used a wheelchair for four and a half years.

In that time the 29-year-old Missoula resident has become the first known quadriplegic to attempt the Ironman Triatholon, biked Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and established the Joe Stone Foundation to help others with disabilities get active in the outdoors.

Stone shared his story with students at Cayuse Prairie School on Friday. He opened with a video of himself doing in-line skating stunts before an accident left him paralyzed. Then he showed all the falls. Continue Reading »

New technology helps mental, physical recovery

Published: February 14, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Michaela Bushey paralyzed brideAUSABLE FORKS — Standing among the friends and family gathered at the Jan. 1 wedding of Michaela Bushey and Kyle Devins were a trio of Pennsylvania rehabilitation specialists.

Frank Hyland, vice president of Rehabilitation Services; Sue Golden, director of neurorehabilitation; and Alyssa Hauck, physical therapist, had traveled from their offices at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown.

Along with joining the festivities at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid, they were there to make sure everything went smoothly as Michaela used an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton to walk down the aisle. Continue Reading »