Monday, January 18, 2021

Tag: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Paralyzed ex-football player celebrates injury’s anniversary: ‘I was reborn on that day’

Published: January 1, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Kenneth JenningsKenneth Jennings doesn’t see why he shouldn’t celebrate the day he took his final steps and moved his arms for the last time.

He even has a term for it.

“I just celebrated my 27th re-birthday,” Jennings said.

On Oct. 8, 1988, Jennings, then a junior at Simeon High School, suffered a broken neck on the opening kickoff of a game against Corliss. The collision left him a quadriplegic. He faced a future unable to move anything from the neck down. And it wasn’t supposed to be a long future. At the time, doctors gave him only 10 years to live.

Jennings, though, never views that day as the worst in his life. Quite the contrary.

Paralysed patients have weaker bones than expected

Published: October 23, 2014

weaker bones than expectedPeople paralysed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a study* published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

The findings suggest that therapies to maintain bone mass and strength in patients with spinal cord injury need to be commenced sooner and that doctors treating patients with osteoporosis need to think beyond the standard bone density test when assessing risks of hip and other fractures.

Spinal Cord Injury and Pregnancy

Published: March 2, 2011

Many times when I find out one of my patients is, are pregnant, I will put them in therapy in the second trimester, for a number of things.

Female Fertility after Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 2, 2011

Diane M. Rowles, MS, NP Nurse Practitioner, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Formally the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)