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