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Once a College Basketball Player, Paralyzed Athlete Now Curls

Published: February 26, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Steve Emt Wheelchair CurlingSteve Emt was rolling himself up a hill to a pie shop in Falmouth, Massachusetts, when the coach of a wheelchair curling team noticed the former UConn basketball player.

The shop’s name was Pie in the Sky. An interesting coincidence, Emt thought, when Tony Colacchio approached him and suggested that within a year he could turn Emt into a Paralympic athlete in a sport he’d never heard of.

It took a few years, but next month, Emt will compete in the Paralympic Games in South Korea as the vice skip of the United States curling team.

FDA Clears Parker’s Indego® Exoskeleton for Clinical, Personal Use

Published: March 10, 2016

Indego exoskeleton userState-of-the-Art Device Allows Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury to Stand and Walk; Regulatory Clearances in USA and Europe Pave the Way for Commercialization

CLEVELAND, March 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to market and sell the Indego® exoskeleton for clinical and personal use in the United States. The company intends to commercially launch the device in the United States in the coming months.

Recovering from Spinal Cord Injury: Treatment Stages

Published: February 1, 2013

IMG_0515People often ask me when or if there will ever be a cure for spinal cord injury. Although there are many differing opinions about this, I am confident there will be a cure in my lifetime. In the meantime, anyone with a spinal cord injury should have a long-term plan for their treatment and care.

The number of spinal cord injuries per year has remained fairly stable over the last two decades, with nearly 12,000 occurring each year mostly from sports injuries, car accidents and other forms of traumatic injury. Currently in the United States there are approximately 200,000 people are living with spinal cord injuries or spinal dysfunction. With today’s advanced medical treatments, more spinal cord injury patients survive the trauma compared to just a few decades ago. This positive shift in mortality rate underlines the great importance of initial acute treatment and follow up rehabilitation.

UofL research shows that patients benefit from spinal cord rehab network, locomotor training

Published: September 5, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2012) — Research studies from teams headed by a University of Louisville/Frazier Rehab Institute neuroscientist published online this week demonstrate for the first time that innovative rehabilitative treatments for individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) can lead to significant functional improvements in patients and a higher quality of life.

Eleven studies published in the September issue of the “Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation” conclude that establishing a network of rehab centers for SCI that standardizes treatment can lead to significant functional improvements for chronically injured patients.

UM’s Miami Project gets FDA approval for clinical paralysis trial

Published: July 31, 2012

The FDA’s go-ahead makes The Miami Project’s clinical trial to aid against spinal cord injury the only one in the United States.

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis said Tuesday it has received federal approval to conduct “revolutionary” human trials to transplant a patient’s own Schwann cells, found mainly in the nervous system, to the site of recent spinal cord injuries in the hope that the trials may bring researchers closer to finding a cure for paralysis.

Doctor looks to China for spinal injury ‘cure’

Published: March 7, 2012

US-based Doctor Wise Young first used the word “cure” in relation to his work after a conversation with Reeve, the “Superman” hero who became quadriplegic in an equestrian accident in 1995.

Reeve contacted him looking for help and the two became close friends. The actor died of heart failure in 2004 at the age of 52, having devoted his life to raising awareness about spinal cord injuries and stem-cell research.

After a spinal-cord injury, life goes on

Published: January 9, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

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.

Restoring Function After Spinal Cord Injury With Nerve Transplant: The New Frontier

Published: September 22, 2011 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

As of yet, scientists and researchers have not been able to completely reverse the damage caused by spinal cord injury, but a core group of experts in this fast-moving field have been making advances with therapies that can return function and make life easier for SCI patients.

On Nov. 5, the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center in Shrewsbury, N.J., will be hosting a symposium for medical professionals to discuss advancement in treatment for SCI patients.

Drug offers hope for spinal cord patients

Published: August 15, 2011

New Zealand scientists have taken big strides towards producing a drug treatment for spinal cord injuries – an exciting development for anyone confined to a wheelchair by back or neck injuries.

The Auckland University neuroscientists have previously proven in the laboratory that the drug, a lab-produced protein, can halt harmful communication between nerve cells following injury.

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