Rehabilitation

Helping paralyzed patients take steps into tomorrow

To most, Ashley Barnes is known as a charismatic community advocate and devoted mother. As her physical therapist, I know Ashley as a fighter. For the past two years, the 36-year-old Tyler, Texas, resident has been paralyzed from the waist down. Since she came into my care at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, Ashley has been …

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Patti Foster is thriving with a traumatic brain injury

Patti Foster, a radio personality with a zest for life, was severely injured in a horrific car wreck in 2002, and suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with multiple injuries and fractures all over her body. She had been ejected out of her vehicle after a semi, going 70 mph and pulling a trailer full of cars, …

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ThinkFirst: Students learn no-nonsense approach to injury prevention

Most patients enter Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation via ambulance or gurney. However, on a special day in October, a high school class of seniors from Argyle High School made their way south on I-35 to spend the day in the acute inpatient facility, learning firsthand what it is like to be a patient with a traumatic …

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After traumatic brain injury, Audrey Self tackles life in new way

Audrey Self was driving to class at Southern Methodist University (SMU) early one morning in 2013 when her car was ‘T-boned’ by a speeding driver. At that same time, Dallas Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Jerry Knorr was heading home from his shift when he witnessed the terrible wreck and called for emergency help. He …

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Severe injury didn’t stop Joshua from pursuing his dreams

In May 2014, Joshua Farmer was having lunch with his friends at a fast food restaurant when, without warning, a car came crashing through the wall, pinning Joshua to a table. In shock, he was rushed by ambulance to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas where the trauma team was awaiting his arrival. Trauma surgeons …

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North Dallas amputee’s return inspires health care workers

“She is absolutely the strongest woman that we have ever known.” Those are words people might reserve for a grandmother, mother, sister, wife, or close female friend whom they have known for a long time. In this case, though, those are the words that staff at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano used to describe …

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Dallas Marathon’s Team Audrey to feature ‘miracle’ Baylor patient

Audrey Self’s recovery since a Dallas car accident that nearly killed her in November 2013 has been a marathon, not a sprint. That’s the message that the 21-year-old’s longtime teacher, friend and mentor, Cynthia Anway, recalls Self sharing with her at one point during her treatment at the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas Intensive Care …

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This method of running is promising for those in injury rehabilitation

Deep water running can be used as a great training tool for both runners and triathletes. Running in the water is a total body exercise that works your legs, trunk, and arms, and positively stresses your cardiovascular system. Because deep water running is a non-impact and non-weight bearing exercise, it gives your body a break …

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Adaptive Sports Event: RISE Over Physical Disabilities

This Saturday, physically disabled children, adults and veterans from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area will defy common stereotypes and participate in adaptive recreational programs including water skiing, kayaking, swimming, basketball, soccer and others put on by RISE Adaptive Sports based out of Irving, Texas. RISE Adaptive Sports started with a mission to “assist persons with …

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