The Monday Memo
October 27, 2014 PITT DPT STUDENTS
“Strides Made in Spinal Injury Rehabilitation“
Announced this past week, a joint Anglo-Polish medical team has successfully returned lower extremity functionality to a previously paralyzed spinal cord patient. Through the use of a specialized neural transplant, the team was able to return sensation, motor control, and proprioception to both of the patient’s lower extremities, allowing him to even regain the ability to walk with minimal assist. The transplant was made of nerve tissue “from the ankle” capped on each end with Olfactory Ensheathing Cells taken from the patient’s olfactory bulbs. It was placed to remedy the complete 8mm separation caused by a stabbing four years earlier. After 18 months of intensive physical therapy, the patient is now able to walk, drive, and live more independently.
For the complete article, follow this link: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/british-doctors-on-brink-of-cure-for-paralysis-9807010.html
Best of the Week: Congratulations to all of the Miami-Marquette Representatives for hosting their first Continuing Education program of the year! It covered the Sherlock Holmes Approach to medical screening hosted by Dr. William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA.
– Michael Turnwald
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