Occupational therapy helps spinal cord injury survivor


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“When I got here I couldn’t begin to stand up period. [You couldn’t even breathe on your own]. They’re doing miracle work believe me,” said James Runge, a spinal cord injury survivor.
James and his wife, Marla, shared how Occupational Therapy has helped him in his recovery from a spinal cord injury.
“Learning to do things over, brush your teeth left-handed. Like I said, I’m crippled left-handed. But I’m learning how to do it. I have to do everything left-handed, blow my nose left-handed. Everything I’m doing is left-handed because I can’t get my right up here yet,” he explained. “It’s showing me how I can get dressed myself with different apparatuses.”
Madonna Occupational Therapists also incorporate technology, like the Armeo spring.
“The Armeo Spring. Its kind of an exoskeleton we get to put on the patient’s arm and work on that strength and coordination,” said Madonna Occupational Therapist Molly Thomas.
“You move it and then you get games. It gives you balloons and you burst and things like that. The people that made it don’t like it to be called a game, but that’s what it is, you know. It shows your dexterity in your arm and it helps you stretch it and hopefully get better,” James added.
But it’s all part of Madonna’s transdisciplinary approach.
“O-T, P-T, speech, all the disciplines work closely together and we encourage that and foster that in this facility,” said Madonna Occupational Therapist Courtney Kossow.
“I think the attitude of all of the staff in all of the departments is what really makes this place go and make this place go well,” added Jim’s wife, Marla.
Learn more about Occupational Therapy during the month of April at www.madonna.org/occupationaltherapy.

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