There are over a million people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States alone with an estimated 11,000 new cases every year. Furthermore, it is estimated that there are, at least, 100,000 veterans with SCI, making the VA the largest integrated health care system in the world for SCI care. But despite this large prevalence, researchers are still discovering all the various ways that SCI affect those with this condition beyond the obvious paralysis.
An experimental device is letting paralysed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction.
Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewellery and acts like a joystick, in hopes of offering them more mobility and independence.
Researchers reported Wednesday that 11 people paralysed from the neck down rapidly learned to use the tongue device to pilot their wheelchairs through an obstacle course full of twists and turns, and to operate a computer, too.
Alabama and other states are slow to join federal programs aimed at getting young people care they need at home
Paul Boyd has two lives.
In one life, Boyd is a graduate student in counseling at the University of Montevallo, a small liberal-arts school about 30 minutes from where he lives. After class he sometimes sits on the porch of a coffee shop talking with a group of locals and college students.
In his other life, the 37-year-old Boyd is a resident of Chandler Health and Rehab, a nursing home in Alabaster, Ala. He drives the hallways in his sip-and-puff wheelchair, chatting with older residents like Thelma, who clutches a plastic baby doll to her chest.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Moments after becoming the first player in the 144-year history of Rutgers football to have his jersey retired, Eric LeGrand told a loving crowd that his beliefs haven’t changed in the three years since he was paralyzed in a game against Army.
He will walk again.
In a passionate halftime plea to the crowd shortly after the No. 52 jersey was unveiled on the upper level box at High Point Solutions Stadium where the game is filmed, LeGrand asked them to support research to final a cure for paralysis, a cause he has joined by forming “Team LeGrand.”
Adaptive Innovation’s motorised mouth painting easel allows someone with a disability such as quadriplegia to paint independently
Life has thrown a lot at Coquitlam’s Jessica Kruger.
At 15 years old she suffered a work-place accident resulting in a broken neck and spinal cord injury leaving her wheelchair bound.
She once believed her injury took away all hopes of her being considered “beautiful,” let alone any chance of living a normal life, and forget about being an athlete or – crazier yet – a model.
But she has. Against all odds, Kruger, 21, is the new face of Lise Watier’s “Something Sweet” perfume, beating out nearly 400 other contestants all scratching and crawling for the same contract.
“It’s a personal choice to be in a good mood or a bad mood, and I choose to be in a good mood.” – Brian Keefer
It’s been more than four years since Brian Keefer attempted a triple flip into a foam-filled pit at a Fairview Township gym and plunged head-first into the hard foundation underneath.
In that instant, he became a quadriplegic.
He thinks back to that day constantly, and to the life he led before. A life of athletics, constant motion, carefree days at the beach and few worries.
Thinking back is not depressing, though, he said. It’s motivating.
The 24-hour news cycle has affected all of us in different ways. For Jack Jablonski, I fear it has hijacked the time that could help him adjust to his new spinal-cord injury.
Eighteen years ago, as I put our sons on the bus for kindergarten, my husband, John, flipped off his bicycle and broke his neck at the fifth vertebrae. I was told of the permanent physical consequences of his spinal-cord injury.
John was given time to recover from surgery, to engage in physical therapy and to realize more gradually what having C5 quadriplegia would be like.
The wheels are in motion for Kirstie Fairhurst as she gears up for the 153km Round the Mountain bike ride next Saturday.
But when the 14-year-old lines up for the event, there will be one difference – she’ll be riding in style on a high-tech paraplegic bike.
New Plymouth Girls’ High School student Kirstie was involved in an accident when she was four years old, leaving her in a wheelchair, which dad Shorty said she had adapted to extremely well.
“Kirstie’s a great kid and she’s really inspirational to other kids at school because she’ll give absolutely anything a go,” he said.
Brian Keefer expects a lot of tears when he and his family watch the episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on Friday, accompanied by hundreds, if not thousands, of the volunteers who helped rebuild their house.
Keefer, 24, was paralyzed by a gymnastics accident in 2008. His upbeat attitude and close family caught the attention of the Extreme Makeover crew, who spent a week in June rebuilding the family home in Newberry Twp. to help Brian become as independent as possible and, perhaps, someday walk again.
Not even the Keefers have seen the episode yet, and they have not been allowed to invite outsiders into their home until the episode airs in order to keep the element of surprise.