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Tag: Health Care

Patients rave about spinal-cord therapy, but insurance won’t cover it

Published: November 14, 2010

Families of two paralyzed Bay State teens are calling on insurance companies to step up and fund the life-altering therapy that they say has given their sons new hope, but is painfully out of grasp for so many other families.

“It is a shame that insurance doesn’t cover it,” said Michael Brown, who uses donations from the community to pay the $100-an-hour bill for his son, paralyzed Norwood hockey player Matt Brown, to get therapy at Journey Forward, a Canton rehabilitation center.

Study Shows Rising Rate of Brain and Spinal Injuries in ATV Riders

Published: October 4, 2010

Young Riders Have Highest Injury Rate—Helmets Could Reduce Risk

Newswise — Brain and spinal cord injuries related to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) appear to be increasing, reports a study in the October issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals, and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, and pharmacy.

Miracle Paralyzed Dad Shares His Family’s Story…40 Years After Football Injury

Published: September 27, 2010

Paralyzed on Oct. 30, 1970, from spinal cord injury during Cornell football game, 60-year-old Long Island man speaks about re-inventing his life after tragic sports injury, starting a career, marrying the woman of this dreams, making the decision to start a family, and, thanks to ground-breaking medical advances…having triplet sons!!

(PRWEB) September 27, 2010 — With football season upon us, and with the upcoming commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the traumatic sports injury that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down, Ken Kunken, a successful attorney from Long Island, is ready to tell his story of loss, inspiration, determination and love.

Robust Regeneration of Injured Nerves Achieved for First Time in Adult Mammalian Spinal Cord

Published: August 8, 2010

BOSTON, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Researchers for the first time have induced robust regeneration of nerve tissue connections in injured adult spinal cord sites that control voluntary movement. These findings provide hope that it may be possible to design therapies for paralysis and other impairments of motor function arising from spinal cord injury.

Quadriplegic, and empowered

Published: July 22, 2010

I didn’t die that day. Many were told and thought I would, but many more believed I wouldn’t.

Twenty years ago today circumstances collided: a summer northeaster, rain, fog, a branch, a slippery road … and now I have been a quadriplegic and a wheelchair user for half my life.

Tragic? It seemed so as I lay completely paralyzed, hooked up to a machine to breathe, in a coma for more than a month after fracturing my skull and breaking my neck, resulting in an irreversible spinal cord injury and paralysis.

United Spinal Association and National Spinal Cord Injury Association Develop Free Guide to Understanding...

Published: June 15, 2010

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association ( and National Spinal Cord Injury Association ( have joined forces to create an informative and clear-cut analysis on the recently enacted healthcare and insurance reforms that explain in detail how they improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Answers to the 6 most frequently asked spinal cord questions

Published: May 20, 2010

The art of spinal manipulation has been around for thousands of years, dating back to medicine men called “bone setters” at the time Socrates lived. Spinal manipulation, also known as spinal adjusting, is one of the most popular forms of treatment for many forms of back and neck pain.

Many clinicians such as physical therapists, chiropractors and physicians use spinal manipulation as a first line treatment option for spine pain. But despite its commonplace in modern medicine, there is still a shroud of mystery surrounding the logic and physical effects of a spinal adjustment.

URMC chief Dr. Brad Berk returns after devastating injury

Published: February 28, 2010

UR Medical Center CEO Brad BerkBeing paralyzed and totally dependent on others gave Dr. Brad Berk lots of time to think.

As chief executive of University of Rochester Medical Center, he’d led efforts to improve patient care. But rehabilitating from a bicycle accident that injured his spinal cord showed him clearly that healing is about more than science-based treatments. To put your trust in caregivers, you need a caring connection and clear communication.

Healthy Eating for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: January 31, 2010

19-year-old Dominique Harris is a C5-C6 quadriplegic and former patient at National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Will Spinal Cord Injuries Fall Through the Cracks in Haiti?

Published: January 16, 2010

Haiti Needs Spine-Specific Medical Aid, Doctors Say

Medical professionals are concerned that one class of injury — spinal cord trauma — may not be getting proper response in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Haiti Tuesday.

Spinal cord injuries will be one of the most critical traumas faced by those trapped or injured in the wake of the disaster face, says Dr. Colleen O’Connell, secretary of Helping Hands for Haiti, a non-profit dedicated to providing medical rehabilitation services in Haiti.