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Thread: Why are some muscles further below injury working better than those further up?

  1. #11
    Sooo True ekephart

    I wish I had the oppertunity to have been at a good rehab model center

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by ekephart View Post
    Be it a "Central Cord Injury" or a "Spinal Cord Injury" (what is the difference?)
    From what I have read, central cord injury is one type of incomplete injury -- as the nurse explains, this means the centre of the cord is more damaged than the exterior. Not sure if this is my son's case, as the nurse says that muscles close to the hands are less impaired than those close to the shoulders and this does not seem to be what my son has. I would not be able to say either whether the legs are less impaired than the arms -- there's a little bit of movement almost everywhere, but it's hard to say what's stronger and what's weaker -- perhaps to do with unfulfilled potential in some muscles (as I wrote in another post, my son has not had a lot of strength training). When I see how doctors define the different types of incomplete injury (central cord, anterior cord, Brown Sequard, etc.), I always wonder if ALL incomplete injuries necessarily fall into one category or another, or if there are some that are a bit of one and a bit of another.
    Last edited by mamadavid; 05-05-2011 at 05:07 AM.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by GL View Post
    Hi mamadavid Possibly KLD was Talking to you We all have a lot to offer

    As a Upper SCI victim I know what KLD is saying because some Specialists told me that I had something like a 24 month window and i'll know my basic life style .Plateau Out ...

    Determination is so important as no one is going to heal up identical to the next but we can share ideas / concepts to each other that is what I love about this forum .

    I do believe because every SCI injury varies We all heal differently
    For me it has been years and I plan on doing more and improving more I am very athletic but we all have different limits .

    In my case after my accident several years back in a freak motorcycle accident the hospital and occupational therapists to me were bland .

    They know they just wanted to see me be so so / Level out and just be a lady who was to be totally dependent on others

    but that is not my nature or personality

    Maybe they didnt like me because I am a Biker who knows >>>>
    I looked at the big picture and seen that the therapy room was more than a room with bicycle table things or pulling on rubber bands .

    I just really had lousy excercise or therapy imop Like I wanted to pull or play with a red rubber band strap lol nope ....

    20 days was not enough to me Stupid bicycle things on a table were not my thing

    Some ppl like these excercise table bicycles but I was like thinking ok !!!!

    I want to get on the Table roll around and work on my transfers etc .... So my Workout routine is very intense I did things Excercises against the grain .

    Here is what I mean ok ? If a person is on the floor I wanted to know how to get in my wheelchair or bed these are the RLE Real Life Experiences things I needed to know . My Techniques worked for me and I hope to continue on thinking of ways to improve my endurance .

    I would roll into the therapy room and be more focused on RLE work outs these are movements , Things I would expect myself to do @ home on my own
    coming home

    We set up a pvt Gym and I am doing my best to do what ever I can , I have good days and many bad days but for me Pain usually pushes me harder
    I rely on my arms for most everything even if my hands are limited ok ? I developed ways to even do my Range of motion excercises with simple old Belts from my Fiance' I used them to wrap around my legs so I could pull my legs up and down etc... Creativity never killed the cat ...

    My Little Brother was a professional weightlifter and he was always pushing me to do more ... If I Really had to get more I probably would have moved to Fla and had him Re coach me as he is a real inspiration Even for a old Gal like me ...
    He is a amazing guy and more of a trainer / therapist than most anyone I ever known in my whole life .
    Both of us inspired each other ( I am a go getter ) it is in my way I think

    Some SCI pt's therapists specialists use a term > Plateauing out This perplexing concept or view is something I try not to thrive on and always go for more in a uniques essence of activity . I dont want to stop on a particular point Do you see my kind message ? I just love to see people keep trying .
    Do me a favor just let him know that I am rooting for him .

    Sorry for my long post but I wish the best
    Sincerely ; GL
    Hi GL, thanks for your encouragement. I will pass your message on to my son. Sounds like you largely rehabbed yourself. I'm always curious when people here tell me that my son needs to get to the gym. How can he use gym equipment?
    I hope you're continuing to progress. I also hate the concept of plateaux!

  4. #14
    He can use the gym equipment with a good motivated trainer. I think the main point we were saying is that it is up to us to get as strong as we can. Like GL says, PT's just basically want us to get so-so. It takes inovation and determination to maximize what we have left.

    I am also rooting for your son Mama and trusting you'll be okay too. I can't imagine the heartache you must feel seeing your son struggle. Stay strong and remember we are here for support.

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    He can use the gym equipment with a good motivated trainer. I think the main point we were saying is that it is up to us to get as strong as we can. Like GL says, PT's just basically want us to get so-so. It takes inovation and determination to maximize what we have left.

    I am also rooting for your son Mama and trusting you'll be okay too. I can't imagine the heartache you must feel seeing your son struggle. Stay strong and remember we are here for support.
    Thanks Patrick. I did not realise that PTs have such a limited vision of what it is possible to achieve. I suppose it's because they work for institutions and have their goals set for them --- they are probably not allowed to stray beyond these or exercise creativity. I'm still wondering how my son could use equipment in a regular gym. What about equipment specially designed for people with SCI, e.g. FES cycles? Given my son's level of injury -- C5 fracture, now classified C6 ASIA B-C (the physiatrists don't agree) -- what could he do in a gym? I am also wondering about the effects of anti-spasticity medicine on muscle strength: any thoughts on this?
    Thanks again for your support, Patrick.
    And btw, I think I've been to Blaine: just before the Canada border -- has a water park, right?

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