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  • Walking Paras

    How many T's and L paras in our community have regained some walking function?
    138
    I am a walking para. Regained this function in less than 6 months w/extensive PT.
    15.22%
    21
    I am a walking para and regained this function within a year w/extensive PT.
    17.39%
    24
    I am a walking para and regained this function within 2 years of my injury. I had extensive PT.
    5.07%
    7
    I am a walking para that regained this function after 3 years or more w/extensive PT.
    1.45%
    2
    I am a para and have not as of yet regained walking ability.
    60.87%
    84
    "Save the last dance for me!"

  • #2
    bump up for more votes.

    I hope that every body is has a thoracic or lumbar injury will respond to this poll. It might help reverse the general notion that people who are initially paraplegic never recover walking.

    Wise.

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    • #3
      From my experience, walking Para's are quite rare, walking quads are more common, however still rare.

      "Life is about how you
      respond to not only the
      challenges you're dealt but
      the challenges you seek...If
      you have no goals, no
      mountains to climb, your
      soul dies".~Liz Fordred
      "Life is about how you
      respond to not only the
      challenges you're dealt but
      the challenges you seek...If
      you have no goals, no
      mountains to climb, your
      soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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      • #4
        Thanks Deb,

        For posting this Para poll with your Quad poll, you'll have to show me how you did this sometime.

        Chris

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        • #5
          My son was injured in Sept 2001, T12 incomplete, and walked out of the spinal unit (using two sticks) to come home in the following May. It would have taken less time but the serious head injury/operation he'd had meant he wasn't moved to the spinal unit until Nov 2001, plus he had some bad pressure sores which held him up for months. He only started the really serious physio stuff in the Jan/Feb of 2002. His initial hospital had told us he would never walk again. But then they also said he wasn't going to come out of the vegetative state he was in, and he's back to normal now apart from the remaining SCI damage (ie he has minimal feeling below the left knee and problems with bladder, bowel, sexual function etc).

          A re-opened sore on his heel has partially held him up since about July last year - he uses a mix of chair & sticks, & sometimes just one stick. (It's been a trade-off between being in the chair the entire time and having the heel mend quicker, or having a slower healing time but being able to walk at least some of the time, and he chose the latter). Now that the heel is finally mended he's going to start doing some more intensive exercise again. He did actually take a few steps the other day without using anything but it was very difficult and his hips were all over the place! (As were my heartbeats!)

          I didn't vote on this post because it's me, not him but thought I ought to add my fourpenneth somehow.

          Mum

          Life is what happens to us while we're making other plans. - John Lennon
          Life is what happens to us while we're making other plans. - John Lennon

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          • #6
            question

            Debbie, what would you consider to be return of funtion? Strengthened hip flexors, some quadricep return, and how much would you consider beneficial?

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            • #7
              cpaulm,

              If your email is listed - I'll email you the steps to create a poll. The Care/Cure designers have made it real user friendly.

              Deb
              "Save the last dance for me!"

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              • #8
                gpbullock,

                In my opinion any return of function below the break is a good sign. However, for the purpose of this poll I'm talking about enough function that you can walk with minimal aid. I would think that walking with a cane or some ankle support would qualify as walking in this poll.

                Deb
                "Save the last dance for me!"

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                • #9
                  wow, is that right: the most return was w/in or after 3yrs. that's great! it makes my day.

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                  • #10
                    complete T12/ L1's- walking 100% impossible.
                    you'll work out hard core for 2 years and still not be able to stand unassisted; again this is if you are a complete!
                    grimmer news is that these injuries in the lumbar area are irreversible even through potential therapies.
                    i believe strongly that com[plete low para's have no chance to walk again ever!

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                    • #11
                      Brent,

                      Bite my ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

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                      • #12
                        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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                        • #13
                          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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                          • #14
                            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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                            • #15
                              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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