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    Device Helps Patients Recover From Spinal Cord Injuries

    is this a new device?

    Can a doctor say that you have 99 percent chance of never walking again, or one percent to walk again?

    Device Helps Patients Recover From Spinal Cord Injuries

    Content courtesy of Ivanhoe

    It can happen in a second; an injury that can change your whole life. Twelve-thousand people in the United States suffer spinal cord injuries every year, limiting their ability to walk or even move. Now, a new device is making a life changing difference for patients determined not to give up.

    For 40-year-old Duane Morrow, playing a game of catch is more than one of life's simple pleasures. Some might call it a miracle. In 2004, Morrow broke his neck playing rugby and was paralyzed from the chest down.
    "I was told that I had a 99 percent chance of never walking again," Morrow recalled to Ivanhoe; but from day one, he was an optimist. "I was excited that I had a one percent chance," he said.


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    Stimulator Helps Spinal Cord Patients Take Giant Steps
    Device Helps Paralyzed Pull Ankle, Toe Upwards

    POSTED: 7:33 pm MDT September 11, 2008
    UPDATED: 8:13 pm MDT September 11, 2008

    Eleven-thousand people in the United States suffer from spinal cord injuries each year.

    Men are more at risk than women for this type of injury, accounting for 80 percent of them. Those between the ages of 16 and 30 are most likely to suffer such an injury. Most of the time, a spinal cord injury will result in permanent paralysis and loss of sensation below the area of the spine where the injury took place.

    A quadriplegic or tetraplegic is paralyzed throughout most of their body, including their arms and legs while only the lower body of a paraplegic is paralyzed.

    Imagine a fun, harmless sports game turning into your worst nightmare. That happened to Duane Morrow, an avid rugby player, who suffered a paralyzing neck injury during a game -- except he didn't know it until the following day.

    After the game, Morrow's neck and shoulders felt sore, but the injury didn't present itself until the next day while he was sitting in a business meeting. Morrow's right leg started falling asleep.

    "Within 15 minutes I was laying on the floor gasping for breath, paralyzed from the chest down," he said.

    Morrow was rushed to the hospital where an MRI revealed a disc slip at the C6-C7 vertebrae. Doctors told him there was a 99 percent chance he would never walk again, but thanks to new technology, Morrow's fate changed.


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    Virtual reality treadmill designed for wheelchair-bound

    Washington, Sep 11 : University of Texas alumnus Chris Stanford and colleagues are working on a virtual reality treadmill to help wheelchair users exercise with fun.

    The treadmill, with the help of a Stanford's solution, called TrekEase, approximates an arcade driving game. Users back a manual wheelchair into a frame, engage the flywheel for resistance, and start the driving software.

    "Not many people realise," said Stanford, himself bound to a wheelchair since 1988, "the special health risks faced by wheelchair users."

    "Everything is more difficult, including eating right and getting enough exercise. Because of this, the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease is several times the rate of the general population."


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