Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Quadriplegia

Paralyzed man has sense of touch restored by brain-machine interface

Published: July 29, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

This is the first BMI to restore movement and touch simultaneously

Ten years ago, while on vacation in North Carolina, Ian Burkhart broke his neck in a diving accident. The diagnosis was as life-changing as the injury: a complete spinal cord injury in the cervical spine. An injury of this nature often results in paraplegia. Burkhart might regain some movement and sensation in his shoulders and upper arm, doctors said. But the chances of ever moving his hands again were slim.

Emergency Department Dr with a wheelchair

Published: July 11, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Dinesh Palipana was a young medical student with a promising career ahead of him, when a car accident left him with C6/7 spinal cord injury and facing life with tetraplegia.

COVID‐19 and Spinal Cord Injuries: The viewpoint from an emergency department resident with quadriplegia

Published: April 19, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) present distinct physiological and social considerations for the emergency physician. During the COVID‐19 pandemic, these considerations may generate unique challenges for emergency physicians managing patients with SCIs. Physiological disruptions may alter the way SCI patients present with COVID‐19. The same disruptions can affect management of this vulnerable patient group, perhaps warranting early aggressive treatment. The medical picture will often be complicated by unique social characteristics. The reliance on caregivers for activities of daily living can, as an example, increase the human resource requirement of an ED. Considering the vulnerabilities and complexities of patients with SCI, the community should prioritise prevention of COVID‐19 infections in this group. In the event that they do present to an ED, planning for and understanding their complexities will facilitate optimal management.

Quadriplegic man cycles 250 miles across Kenya steering with his chin

Published: March 20, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A QUADRIPLEGIC man has cycled 250 miles across Kenya using a motorised quad bike — that he steered by using his chin.

Inspirational Andy Walker MBE, who was paralysed in a diving accident in 2006, took on the monstrous trek through Rift Valley to Lake Victoria as part of a charity cycle challenge.

What is Autonomic Dysreflexia and how does it affect spinal cord injury?

Published: February 20, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

This is an informative video about Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) which is a condition that affects anyone who has a spinal cord injury T6 level and above.

Paralyzed as a teen, she faces life with grace and purpose

Published: February 13, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Loa Griesbach’s days revolve around family, work, adventure, fashion, blogging — and her ventilator.

Loa Griesbach has an insane collection of designer boots and spike heels.

All are in mint condition.

No scuffs, no worn tread.

As she shares in her blog: “These boots were NOT made for walking.”

Clinical trial starting in Cleveland to help patients with paralysis regain movement

Published: January 20, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

CLEVELAND — A groundbreaking clinical trial is starting in Cleveland soon, and researchers are currently looking for participants.

Quadriplegics Answer Web’s Most Searched Questions on Paralysis

Published: January 9, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jenny and Abby answer some of the webs most asked questions for people living with paralysis (specifically quadriplegia)!

Restoring arm, hand function after spinal cord injury focus of clinical trial

Published: December 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal cord injuries caused by accidents, violence and disease paralyze from the neck down more than 5,000 people every year. In the first few months after injury, some people regain some movement and sensation in their limbs. Those who do not show improvement in the first few months are unlikely to ever recover.

The World’s Only Independent Alpine Ski for Complex Disabilities

Published: December 9, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Speed, precision and excitement are not usually associated with life after a catastrophic injury or illness. Until now.

The TetraSki represents technology that has finally caught up with our adaptive skiers’ dreams as it offers independent skiing for people with complex physical disabilities.