Patient’s static sitting and standing balance improved. Patient is able to stand at the parallel bar and is able to lock his knees when doing so, however, he has limited trunk control and weak upper body so he is not able to stand for long periods of time. Patient’s motor function improved, including ankle, knee, and hip flexion, as well as knee extension.
Patient is able to take assisted steps with the use of a hoist and walking frame. Patient is able to lift his feet by himself and his coordination has improved in both legs, but he requires assistance in foot placement and knee locking.
1 Year Post-Treatment
Patient’s gross motor functions such as flexing and extending his hips and knees have improved moderately. The programs provided by Verita Neuro for gross motor functions are still working very well. On a scale of 1-5, 1 being worse than before surgery and 5 being significantly better, patient rates his gross motor functions as a 3 -- Moderate improvement.
Patient has noticed moderate improvement when standing with support and he is able to stand for longer periods of time. Patient is able to lock his knees by himself on certain occasions and his standing balance is good when he receives arm support. Patient has moderate trunk control while standing. On a scale of 1-5, 1 being worse than before surgery and 5 being significantly better, patient rates his standing with support as a 3 -- Moderate improvement.
Patient has noticed significant improvement during stepping exercises when using a walking frame. He sometimes requires assistance in foot placement but is able to lift his legs by himself while taking steps. He is also able to lock his knees on his own when taking steps despite sometimes requiring assistance. Patient has moderate trunk control. The coordination of his legs when taking steps is the same since he left Verita Neuro after his 35-day post-operative rehabilitation.
Patient states that due to being away for his studies he is unable to do as many standing and stepping exercises as his therapists would like, but this will resume once he is back home. Patient has noticed slight improvement in muscle mass, with the biggest gains in his quadriceps and calves. Patient has also noticed moderate improvement in his stamina and the reduction of fatigue.
Patient’s spasms and spasticity are lessened when epidural stimulation device is switched on, but there was no noticeable change in bladder and bowel functions. More feedback needs to be collected on patient’s neuropathic pain.
1 Year Post-Treatment
Patient states that spasms and spasticity have increased slightly since he was discharged from Verita Neuro. However, patient is not taking any medication for spasms or spasticity. Patient was provided with an overnight program on the epidural stimulation device to help ease spasms and spasticity, but does not use it due to the sensations it creates when he is trying to fall asleep. He describes this as not painful but distracting.
Patient has not noticed any improvement in bladder function, but has noticed slight improvement in bowel function. Patient has not regained sensation in bowel function, but has noticed improvement in bowel control and is able to empty his bowel faster.
Patient has noticed mild improvement in sweating ability. Previously, patient was not able to sweat below his injury level, but now he is able to sweat slightly in his arms and elbows.
Patient also reported that his blood pressure has improved with the epidural stimulation device switched on. Patient has orthostatic hypotension and states that since his surgery, his blood pressure has increased to normal levels, allowing him to carry out his daily activities without feeling light headed.