Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Post-Injury Effects of Pre-Injury Fitness

At least one study is showing how important an active lifestyle before injury is for recovery after injury.  I don't have any information about the medication rehabilitation mentioned at the end of the article, but the rest of the study certainly makes sense.  If you have more muscle memory before an injury, it seems to help with rebuilding or retracing neural pathways afterward.  It would be interesting to see more here on statistical differences for exercise types — i.e., when possible, actively or passively retraining post-injury with the kinds of exercises you used to do pre-injury.  At any rate, from what I have seen (and not just in my own case), active or assisted exercises are essential elements for muscle return. 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

3D-Printed Scaffolding

3D-printed implants for scaffolding to repair spinal cord injuries.  It sounds a bit like science fiction when you hear that this technology can be printed in minutes, but scientists are doing it

Friday, March 15, 2019

Adam Gorlitsky Update

Adam Gorlitsky has made the news before for his long walks with a ReWalk exoskeleton.  It's nice to see that he's still going, and planning on completing the Los Angeles Marathon later this month

Friday, March 8, 2019

Ongoing Recovery of Robert Wickens

This is just a really nice article to see about the ongoing recovery of Robert Wickens, injured six months ago. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

iPS cell trial

A big topic in the news this week: Japan has approved trial stem cell therapy/ treatments for humans with spinal cord injuries.  The cells are "induced pluripotents" stem (iPS) cells.  A Nature.com article explains that "IPS cells are created by inducing cells from body tissue to revert to an embryonic-like state, from which they can develop into other cell types" (David Cyranoski, "'Reprogrammed' stem cells to treat spinal-cord injuries for the first time").  This means that your own cells are used in the procedure.  Researchers from Keio University will conduct the trial with four people who have recent spinal cord injuries. 
This is the first clinical trial of its kind for spinal cord injuries (not for iPS cells).  One worth watching!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Video Update, Feb. 2019: Assisted Heel Slides

This video shows a new sort of exercise for me: assisted heel slides from a sitting position.  Position makes a big difference in muscle response.  That's why it is so important to vary exercises while standing, sitting, or lying down.  That's also why it is important (I think) to have as much active physical therapy as possible.  Your brain and body adjust to static situations, and your nervous system easily adapts to doing less work.  Hence therapists say "use it or lose it."  If the muscles are working, if the nerves are trying to trace new pathways, then it's time to find innovative ways to encourage more improvement. 
Easier said than done.  It isn't easy for anyone with a spinal cord injury to go through this process alone.  Not everyone has returns to encourage, and certainly not everyone has a way to follow up with therapy or exercise.  Thank you to all those who are helping me take advantage of the good changes!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Video Update (January 2019)

An update: this video is from January 2019.  I couldn't do heel slides last year, so this is a nice way to start off the new year.  It also indicates that more muscles are returning even as others are strengthening. 

Nerve Transfer Research

A new option for restoring arm function: nerve transfer surgery.

Monday, January 21, 2019

SCIs and Internal Clocks

This particular study on circadian rhythms might explain itself.  Or at least, it might explain why it's being posted in the middle of the night.

Friday, January 18, 2019