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  • I am a walking para. Regained this function in less than 6 months w/extensive PT.

    29 15.43%
  • I am a walking para and regained this function within a year w/extensive PT.

    30 15.96%
  • I am a walking para and regained this function within 2 years of my injury. I had extensive PT.

    9 4.79%
  • I am a walking para that regained this function after 3 years or more w/extensive PT.

    2 1.06%
  • I am a para and have not as of yet regained walking ability.

    118 62.77%
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Thread: Walking Paras

  1. #11
    Brent,

    Bite my ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

  2. #12
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    J is a t4 para and began walking with RGO braces 4 weeks and 2 days ago.. using walker for now but will move to crutches hopefully in the next 4 months. Since I am not him didn't answer/vote in the poll... but J was injured 10/24/99 and started walking Jan 24, 2003. He has regained some hip flexor and quads.. and when we were evaluated by team in St. Louis (superman's team) this past weekend they think he's also regained some abs.. so miracles still happen!
    Sarah - aka Presbynurse
    Oh and PS yeah we both worked our asses off to get to this point. I am nurse but cross trained to do his PT with him....

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    I'm a T-10/L1 incomplete para. In just about a year, i was able to walk with a walking frame - locked knees with no braces. Just after a year and ever since, i now walk with forearm cructhes and no braces. However, due to extreme hyper-extension of my knee's, i need to start using knee braces.

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    agree

    I am almost three years post, I have had a lot of strength return to hip flexors, quads, lower back, etc. I am t12 and I walk alot, everyday using KAFO's because I can't lock my knees yet. I can press weights with my legs, and can resist heavier weights (130-140)pounds. I've been in intensive PT for over a year. I train with three other para's who have had similar results. I am working on a short video which I'll be posting sometime soon. Maybe it will shed more light on my situation.

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    Walking without braces! Your dorsey flextion must be good not to have foot drop. I need AFO's that allow me to lean about 7degrees forward as I have no plantar or dorsey. Hopefully some of it returns in the next few years and I can get rid of these braces.

    I can walk without any crutches with the braces on and with forearm (gutter) crutches witht he braces off.

    Jim

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    Bent -

    That sounds like an overly pessimistic statement - where are you getting your information from? Can you back that up?

  7. #17
    jim D.-

    I back it up through numerous conversations from neurosurgeons and top PT's in the NYC area. Again, I believe that this only applies to someone who has no sacral sensation upon arrival.
    The longer flaccid spinal shock continues, the more screwed you are! T12/L1 is absolutely the WORST spot you to get nailed in terms of ambulation and/or sexual functioning. Look at the clinical trials taking place, anyone below T11 need not apply! You are beyond help!

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    Wise, nurses -

    Any reactions/responses to Bent's comments?

  9. #19
    Jim D.-
    I am referring to my injury as well. I cannot count the times that I've been recently told, "no matter how much you pedal your nu-step, etc. etc., you have 0.01% of recovering more function.'
    *Hint- the people telling me this are neighbors to Dr. Wise Young.

  10. #20
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    bent

    I have personally trained alongside a T12 complete para who after 3+ years of intensive physical training(not therapy, whatever the hell that is) and now walks without braces, using only one cane. This guy was actually the reason I began the program I am currently in because he was a contractor prior to his injury(which is also my profession pre-sci). I admit that his walking wasn't pretty, he sort of looked like an newborn trying to maintain his balance so he seemed to weight shift alot to stay balanced. But he was able to return to work as a roofing contractor, and goes up and down ladders,etc. I was hooked and have been working towards my own personal goals regarding recovery ever since.

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