The days where standing frames were a paralyzed person’s only option for getting vertical are long gone. You can’t turn on the television or surf the net nowadays without seeing someone using or hyping an exoskeleton or taking part in standing gait training. But what if there was something in-between, something that combined elements of […]
Functional return, “wheelchair bound,” models on wheels.
NEW YORK, N.Y.: United Spinal Association member Kesha Pilot, a 27 year-old wheelchair user and disability advocate from Hot Springs, Ark., has launched the Save the Wheelchair campaign to raise money to support United Spinal’s third annual Roll on Capitol Hill. Roll on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 22-25, 2014, is United Spinal’s annual […]
Writing, cooking, buttoning buttons and the always fun balloon toss – we learn and do a lot in rehab after a debilitating injury. They try to squeeze in as much as possible (which isn’t easy with insurance cuts). And they try to think of everything as well, but this is a far-off dream – preparing […]
Many people with disabilities throughout the United States have taken advantage of their state’s vocational rehabilitation services, with varying degrees of success. Vocational rehabilitation services — mandated under the Rehabilitation Act and provided through the states — are offered to individuals with disabilities who have a “physical or mental impairment that constitutes or results in […]
A lot has changed since I began my crip adventure in 1993. One of the biggest: The drive to get as much return back as possible (when you have a spinal cord injury). Now people will support you (instead of thinking you’re crazy). I went to rehab for 3 months, and then my insurance sent […]
Do you have fond memories of getting kicked out of rehab too soon? Did you have physical therapists who were robotic, and whose instructions seemed like they were from a too-old textbook? This very thing happened to Jacob Sharff, a 30-year-old paraplegic from West Palm Beach, Fla., and that is why he decided to start […]
Being transferred from Stanford Hospital to the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center at Valley Medical Center in San Jose marked the beginning of the realization that there was nothing the doctors could do for my paralysis, but it also marked the beginning of my recovery.
Q. I’m a T9 para and take Ditropan to keep my bladder quiet and my pants dry — but I hate the cotton-mouth and “fuzzy brain” side effects. I’ve seen some buzz on SCI message boards talking about “Botox injections to stop bladder spasms” being approved by the FDA. I thought docs had been using […]
LT is a difficult, sometimes fuzzy-edged scientific adventure, not a predictable task like learning to play Wii dodge ball with the kids. When I first dropped by the Next Step Fitness Center, situated in a nondescript mini-mall in the Los Angeles suburb of Lawndale, Janne Kouri had been walking, or more precisely, stepping, with a […]