Neurorehabilitation technology to accelerate the rehabilitation process.
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Derek is not one to passively wait for spontaneous recovery. He works at it. In October 2008, his life changed from a car accident that left him with a T4-5 spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia. As a college student, he put his studies on hold and concentrated on his rehabilitation as an inpatient at Craig Hospital in Denver, CO. After being discharged 6 months later, Derek returned to the Edwards in a Colorado mountain village, completed his college studies at Colorado University Boulder with a degree in Finance and continued with his own physical therapy and exercise routine at home to build his basic strength.
Armed with his degree and ready to launch his career, Derek returned to the Denver area. But he wanted to step up from his home routine. He returned to Craig Hospital, but not as a patient. He returned as a member of the PEAK Center. PEAK (Performance, Exercise, Attitude and Knowledge) is an adaptive health and wellness center that serves individuals with neurological conditions. Members gain access to highly trained staff, an engaging environment and cutting edge technology with a variety of membership options and specialized classes. The environment is warm. Derek describes it as a personalized setting and has built camaraderie among the other members.
When Derek joined the Center, he had an in-depth initial evaluation with a Doctor of Physical Therapy who helped him to create an individualized, activity-based programs tailored to his specific goals. Working one-on-one with his trainer, Derek trains like a machine in a technology-rich routine. Within his weekly routine, he moves from the FES cycle to the LOKOmat robotic treadmill and from the Zero Gravity trainer to the RT600 upright elliptical trainer. All of the technology used is coupled with core training exercises. Derek’s plan has resulted in improved core strength, increased balance and reduction in common complications related to spinal cord injury.
Learn more about the Craig Hospital PEAK program and the technology here.
For Consumers & Caregivers, view the webinar archives about post rehab programming here and access to the presentation here.
Technology: Drop Foot Stimulation for assisted walking
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It was the final straw. While on a visit to Chicago with her 3 youngest children ages 5, 7 and 9, Dawn tripped on a cross walk on busy Michigan Avenue. This time she couldn’t catch herself. She fell in the middle of the street and was bleeding with 3 young children looking down at her. ‘It just isn’t fair,’ she thought. That was the final straw when the progress of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was interfering with her life as a mother.
This busy 43-year-old full time mother of 7 children and full time volunteer, Dawn doesn’t have time for MS to get in the way. But the symptoms were looming. She started to feel more fatigue, but what active mother of 7 is not fatigued occasionally? She made excuses for the symptoms of MS, but in the back of her mind, she knew what they were. Her own mother has MS and she as witnessed the signs of the disease first hand. MS does not suddenly appear but slowing creeps into your life with initial signs of muscle weakness, reduced coordination or blurred vision. Dawn chose to ignore the symptoms and make excuses from her busy lifestyle until she couldn’t ignore it any more.
Dawn found drop foot stimulation to give her freedom and mobility that MS was taking away from her. Read the rest of Dawn's story in the book Bionic Pioneers. Learn more about neurotechnologies for MS here.
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technology for Parkinson's disease here.
'When you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, what was once known as clumsy is now inspirational.’ – Jonathan L.
Being handed a card of a progressive neurological condition changes your perspective. Some neurological conditions can hit like a brick wall while others creep into your life. This story is a combination of immediate impact and slow progression of Parkinson’s Disease, a degenerative brain disorder, and how one man changed his cards to gain a better quality of life.
Jonathan Lessin began his day early with a busy schedule of surgeries. As a cardiac anesthesiologist, Dr. Lessin was living his dream. He had a great job, a wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters. Although there was stress related to his job and long hours, he truly enjoyed his work.
A strange symptom surfaced that sparked Jonathan to seek medical assistance. He was pouring a Coke into a glass and observed his pinky finger quivering. That was it, a tremor. That tremor motivated Jon to seek the advice of a neurologist who was a friend of his wife’s colleague. Without any hesitation, the neurologist diagnosed Jonathan with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 38 years old. After receiving the news, there was a sense of relief. He was relieved to have a name associated with the strange symptoms he was experiencing. Ironically, for all the training Jonathan received in medical school, he received very little instruction about Parkinson’s Disease. During that training the focus was on tremors; no other symptoms were reviewed. Now that he had a diagnosis, he educated himself about the disease and ways to manage the symptoms.
This is how Jonathan learned about deep brain stimulation. Read the rest of his story in the book, Bionic Pioneer.
Learn more about deep brain stimulation therapy here.
Bringing a baby into the world is a moment many parents relish. It is a time when your life changes with the addition of a new baby. For Kim and, her husband, Sean, their life changes were intensified. After the birth of their second daughter, Kim’s vision began to rapidly deteriorate. At age 12, Kim was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa with a macular edema. Sixteen years later, she was registered legally blind with 80% vision loss. While celebrating the joy of a newborn baby at age 30, Kim had post-natal depression but it was amplified by her grieving the loss of her own vision, which had progressed to only tunnel vision.
The disease progression accelerated. Eighteen months after the birth of their second daughter, Kim retained some light perception but nothing else. Parenting two young daughters is not an easy duty but imagine trying do to so as a visually impaired parent. With her new condition, Kim found herself relying more on her husband to care for the children. She found it difficult not being able to give her children what other mothers were able to do so easily. Over time, they learned to adapt to a new way of parenting and Kim began to use more advanced planning to get their daughters to their various activities.
While listening to the news, Kim heard a story about an experimental technology to help restore vision for people living with retinitis pigmentosa. The news story described a retinal prosthesis system, the Argus® II, and the clinical study involving the implantation of components into people living with blindness. The study was recruiting new candidates at the time. Sparking her interest, Kim thought, “This is amazing, especially if I can do that.”
Kim is a pioneer as one of the first people to receive the retinal neural prosthetic to restore vision. Read more about her story and how the technology is impacting her life in the book, Bionic Pioneers.
In the meantime, learn more about the retinal neural prosthesis here.
Drop Foot Stimulation