Dec 12, 2012 · Leave a Reply

Chris Norton's Live Case Study from a PT Perspective at Mayo Clinic

By AJ Montpetit @ajmontpetit


After a devastating football injury, and suffering an incomplete spinal cord injury, Chris Norton has made incredible progress in his rehabilitation. Six weeks after his injury, he was able to wiggle his toes, and he hasn't stopped working relentlessly on his recovery since.

Visiting the Motion Analysis Lab at Mayo Clinic, Chris was able to record his gait and locomotive skills with precise measurements as a baseline before adding new medication to his regimen of rehabilitation therapy and medication, in an effort to manage spasticity.  This process of recording Chris and his changes in medication, is a novel approach to the utilization of the Motion Analysis Lab for rehabilitation.

Chris is not only focused on his own recovery, but has also started the SCI CAN project to assist in upgrading local rehab equipment in his home town of Decorah, Iowa, and elsewhere, and has set a future goal of building the first ever neural recovery home in the world.

In the video below, Megan Gills, P.T., discusses the progress Chris has made, as well as how the Motion Analysis Lab will continue to assist in his rehabilitation.


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