Making Walking Again a Reality After a Stroke

November 28, 2009

After suffering from a stroke, Mary Ann lost her ability to stand and walk. She began taking just a few steps (using the Second Step Gait Harness System) two years ago, once a week.  She is now comfortably walking over 100 feet each session. Watch Mary Ann’s video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAV3w3nIyE8&feature=player_embedded 

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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Post Stroke, Renewed Hope to Walk Again: Marlene Continues Finding Solutions

November 28, 2009

Living with severe balance disturbance and cerebellar degeneration, Marlene is making progress reaching her goal of learning to walk again, one day at a time. She is using the Gait Harness System two times per week in therapy. Marlene is now able to walk 250 feet per session, with more confidence and purpose. Watch Marlene’s video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_aqFZKkUBY&feature=player_embedded

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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A Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Holds onto his Dream to Walk Again

November 28, 2009

Knute  had a TBI resulting from a MVA from when he was just 11 years old. In the Second Step Gait Harness System, he experienced his first steps, walking for the first time in 22 years. Now 36 years old, Knute is walking over 1,000 feet per session! Watch Knute’s video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S4D6cKN3xE&feature=player_embedded

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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Spinal Cord Regeneration Enabled

November 16, 2009

This Science Daily post discusses how researchers have developed an improved version of an enzyme that degrades the dense scar tissue that forms when the central nervous system is damaged. By digesting the tissue that blocks re-growth of damaged nerves, the improved enzyme — and new system for delivering it — could facilitate recovery from serious central nervous system injuries. Read the full post at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091102171217.htm

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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Non-Covered Rehab expenses for People with Special Needs

November 4, 2009

This newly published report by the Kaiser Foundation uses examples of three people with special needs—a seven-year-old born prematurely, a 50-year-old man with a spinal cord injury, and a 45-year-old woman with a developmental disability. It compares their estimated expenses with coverage provided by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard Option plan. However, out-of-pocket cost-sharing expenses were estimated to be $5,000 annually for the three cases profiled. In addition, BCBSSO places caps on coverage for certain kinds of care, in particular a 75-visit annual limit on rehabilitative care. Such a limit would add annual costs of $8,000 to nearly $12,000 for the two adults cases profiled. Finally, BBSCO falls short in providing necessary long-term services and supports for individuals with disabilities, such as personal care and case management. Thus the three patients would each need to spend out of pocket an additional $16,000 to $17,000 annually for their uncovered long-term care. Read the full article here: http://psychservices.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/60/10/1409

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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Recent Trends in Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Practices and Outcomes

November 4, 2009

This link from the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network cites interesting data of rehab practices over the past 25 years, including how length of rehab stays, and outpatient rehab therapy effects treatment outcomes. Read the full article at http://www.spinalcord.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=44616

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments.

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