After suffering a spinal cord injury during a college football game, Chris Norton had made incredible progress in his rehabilitation. When his recovery started to slow down, though, Norton turned to his physiatrist, Ronald Reeves, M.D., to seek out more options to continue his road to recovery. Together they decided to add the drug Ampyra to Norton's regimen of medication.
Ampyra is usually prescribed to patients with multiple sclerosis, though the clinical trials with MS patients did show a clear benefit to walking. 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 Ampyra to his daily regimen, and again after two months using the medication. This process was a novel approach to the utilization of the Motion Analysis Lab in rehabilitation.
In the video below, Ronald Reeves, M.D., discusses the progress Norton has made, as well as the results of adding Ampyra to his daily medication.