spinal cord injury

What Is Neuroplasticity?

NeuroplasticityYears ago, a traumatic injury or neurological event, such as a stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury that caused loss of function may have been considered a permanent condition. In fact, many patients with paralysis were told they would “never walk again.” Today, neuroplasticity challenges that once foregone conclusion by suggesting that the brain has the ability to “rewire” itself, which can lead to functional return.

What Is Spasticity?

Weeks to months after a traumatic injury or the onset of a chronic illness, patients may develop a variety of complications, including a movement disorder called “spasticity.” Patients with spasticity often experience involuntary muscle tightness and stiffness, spasms and slow or uncontrollable movements.

Pilates for Rehabilitation

Today you can find a Pilates class in nearly every community and Pilates fitness DVDs are readily available at your local store or online. It seems like everyone is either taking a Pilates class or interested in starting a Pilates exercise program.

Taking Patients... BEYOND LIMITS

Kevin Oldt Beyond LimitsBEYOND LIMITS. These two simple – but powerful – words comprise the slogan put forth in Good Shepherd’s new advertising campaign. At Good Shepherd, “Beyond Limits” is more than a sales pitch, it is a way of life.

Caring for the Whole Patient

Caring for the Whole PatientA young man has an accident and suffers a spinal cord injury. After he is stabilized at an acute-care hospital, he spends time in inpatient rehabilitation and then is discharged to outpatient rehabilitation care. He has a long life ahead of him with new and sometimes terrifying challenges.

Long-Term Acute Care: What to Expect

Long Term Acute CareLong-term acute care (LTCH) hospitals provide medical and rehabilitative care for longer periods to people with complex problems. A typical stay is 25 days. Acute and chronic conditions that may require long-term care include:

A Win for Medicare Beneficiaries: Maintenance Therapy Cannot Be Denied

Physical TherapyIt’s not a secret that skilled therapy, under the guidance of a licensed therapist, is helpful to maintain function, increase strength and prevent regression/deterioration. Yet for decades, Medicare beneficiaries have been denied care based upon their condition being deemed “unlikely to improve.”

Ekso Provides Hope and Healing after Spinal Cord Injury

Kevin Oldt in EksoOn January 17, 2002, I suffered a snowmobiling accident that turned my world upside down.

I will never forget being told that, as a result of the T-12 spinal injury, I may never walk again. It took years to come to terms with life in a wheelchair.

SPRINT to Independence

We all know someone who has suffered a stroke, broken bone, joint replacement, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma or brain injury. Medically necessary inpatient rehabilitation probably was part of the recovery process after your relative, friend or neighbor was stabilized at an acute-care hospital.

eLEGS Another Example of the Raker Legacy of Innovation

elegs exoskeletonThe legacy of the Raker family, who founded Good Shepherd more than 100 years ago, is a legacy of innovation, and examples of this organization’s innovative spirit can be found throughout our storied history.