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Articles Tagged: Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Spinal Cord Research Participant Shares Journey to Recovery

Published: November 21, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the Kessler Foundation’s 16th annual “Stroll ‘N Roll” and speaks with Rosalie Hannigan, a Kessler spinal cord research participant, about her accident and her journey to recover her mobility. Continue Reading »

Be Thankful and Heal Faster: Author Describes Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Published: November 2, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Research projects at UCLA and elsewhere have proven that thankfulness (gratitude) has physical, in addition to emotional, effects on people. Shelly Kerchner, who just released her book Standing Tall: The Healing Power of Gratitude is an outstanding example.

Johnstown, PA (PRWEB)November 02, 2017 – Shelly fell and fractured some vertebrae in her neck. Totally paralyzed, she heard the doctors saying “What a pretty girl. What a shame she’ll never get out of bed again.” Unfortunately, this is the experience of most newly-injured people, many of whom, though helpless, are suicidal after hearing that prognosis.

Shelly was different. Going from depressed to determined, she told herself that paralysis was not going to keep her bedridden. She immediately gave thanks that she was still alive, and that she could hear and see. Continue Reading »

New Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury

Published: October 9, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

In 2016, Chris’ spine was severely injured in a biking accident. Now he has regained use of his arms after receiving a novel cell treatment at Rush.


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Northern Irish Gymnast Flies In To Walk Again

Published: July 18, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

northen-irish-gymnastTRAVELLING over 4,000 miles from her home town in Northern Ireland to Project Walk in Longwood, Orlando, bubbly Jennifer Smyth is on an epic journey, not to accumulate the rich life experiences of adventurous travel, but rather to regain her legs – the use of which she lost in a catastrophic gymnastic accident almost three years ago.

She explained: “Ever since I was a little girl I have been consumed by gymnastics and have devoted myself to the discipline of athletes, always pushing myself to be the best I can be. I don’t know any other way to live. The accident happened on a Tuesday evening after school, I was on my last vault before moving to the next event, and when I landed I just couldn’t move. Continue Reading »

Repeated muscle stimulation can restore movement post paralysis

Published: July 16, 2016 | Category: News

repeated muscle stimulation restore movement post paralysisA new patient study has paved the way for a new opportunity to rehabilitate patients with spinal cord damage.

Dr Anastasia Shulga led the Helsinki University Hospital study in which two patients with spinal cord injuries received a form of treatment that combined transcranial magnetic stimulation with simultaneous peripheral nerve stimulation given repeatedly for nearly six months.

This was the first time that attempts were made to rehabilitate patients paralysed as a result of a spinal cord injury through long-term stimulation treatment of this type. Continue Reading »

‘I decided to have a recovery’: Rhiannon Tracey’s next big step

Published: May 3, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Rhiannon horse-riding since accidentRhiannon Tracey was two months shy of her 21st birthday when she found herself face down in a pool of water.

In Bali, on a girl’s trip with her mum and best friend, they had returned to the hotel pool after an afternoon of celebrating, when Rhiannon dived in.

She felt her whole body jolt as her head hit the shallows in the pool labelled ‘deep’. Continue Reading »

Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: February 19, 2016 | Category: Information

Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients(HealthDay News) — Beginning rehabilitation soon after a spinal cord injury seems to lead to improvements in functioning for patients, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 4,000 people in the United States who suffered a spinal cord injury between 2000 and 2014. The patients’ average age was about 41 and the average time to start rehabilitation was 19 days.

Early rehabilitation was associated with better physical functioning when patients left the hospital and during the following year. Continue Reading »

Why We Need More Stories of Disability That Aren’t About Overcoming Disability

Published: December 3, 2015 | Category: News

overcoming a disabilityMost stories that reach mainstream audiences about disability require the person to “overcome” it. You’ve seen the headlines: ‘Paralyzed bride walks down the aisle’ or ‘Paralyzed student walks on graduation day.” Stories like these deserve and should continue to be shared, but if those are the only stories we see in the media, we’re only seeing one portrayal of disability and we’re ignoring the diversity of disability experiences and perspectives.

Take paralysis as an example. Sure, some people would give anything to walk. Many go to great lengths to achieve it and some even succeed. However, not everyone has the option to walk. Continue Reading »

Putting 1 foot in front of another, former quadriplegic spends 15 years learning to walk again

Published: May 30, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Aaron Baker Coming To My SensesLOS ANGELES — The worst day of Aaron Baker’s life wasn’t when the then-20-year-old professional motocross racer crashed his bike one spring day in 1999, flew over the handlebars and hit the ground head-first, paralyzing him from the neck down.

No, the worst day came a year later when Baker’s physical therapy ended. That was when his therapists, marveling that he could actually stand on his own again and move his arms some, cautioned him not to expect much more. Continue Reading »

Recovery a lifelong project for therapy center founder

Published: May 17, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Charlie ParkhillClinton Township — Charlie Parkhill talks with his hands. It’s remarkable, given that 17 years ago, an accident left him unable to move his body below his neck.

Parkhill was a CPA with his own business when, in 1998, he went on vacation with his wife to Mexico. While he was coming out of the water, a giant wave hit him and knocked him onto his head, bruising and partially severing his spinal cord.

The doctors told him physical therapy beyond the first year was a waste of time, that he would never walk again. But Parkhill was stubborn. Continue Reading »