Sean Walks Again Video Part 1 | TBI SCI Recovery
(Caption: Rifton Pacer XL)
(Caption: Sean has not walked since his traumatic brain injury in 2005.)
(Caption: This video was shot over 19 days.) Jenny Carter, Sean’s mother: This, to us,
is the first step of the rest of Sean’s life. We’re giving him the ability to walk
again. Jenny Carter, Sean’s mother: It’s the
Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer. And Dr. McCain, in all her experience, said that this is the
one device that can lead him to walking again. Karen McCain, DPT: It’s a device that’s
perfect for patients like Sean, because it has a lot of support, but then you can also
sort of peel away the support as he gets better. It has a chest prompt, so it gives him support
at his chest. It has arm supports, it has thigh supports,so it can give him all the
stability that he needs, but as he gets better I can take some of that stability away because
he has the ability to move his legs, but he doesn’t have the stability in his trunk
and in his neck and in his, in his upper body to be able to propel himself over ground by
himself. But he needs to be able to walk a lot to be able to learn this skill. He can’t
do it coming to therapy twice a week for an hour. So he has to be able to walk outside
of therapy, and this device will let him do that.
Karen McCain, DPT, to Sean: Now, move your leg back here, big guy. Bring this leg back.
Bring your right leg back. There you go, perfect. Now stand up really straight. So, whatever
position you really like, then you need to tighten this baby down.
Karen McCain, DPT, to Sean: Are you ok? Karen McCain, DPT: What we’re trying to
do with Sean is to get him to relearn how to control his own movements. When we first
started working with Sean he was, we had him on the treadmill so that he could repattern
just the basic leg movements. So that he could remember sort of how to reciprocally step
one foot after the other , and now he can really do that. We don’t have to move his
legs for him at all. But what now he’s having a hard time with is learning where to put
his body in space so that he can shift his own weight and learn to propel his own body.
So that’s really sort of where we are now. He has limitations in his body. He’s tight
in some places and stiff, and it’s different than before his injury, so now he has to learn
how to move his body with those limitations. So, the gait trainer’s a great tool, because
it gives him stability while he learns to move, um, in his new body, so to speak. Cuz
he really hasn’t had the chance to do that since his brain injury.
Karen McCain, DPT, to Sean: Don’t pick up that other one until you feel all the weight
on this foot. That’s it. Now move it. Karen McCain, DPT: He’s come a long way.
A long way. Jenny Carter, Sean’s mother I think the
future is great for Sean. Karen McCain, DPT He’s really progressing
quickly. Especially since he’s been sitting in his chair for over four years.
Sean Carter: Ahhhh I’m in heaven! (Caption: I will walk again! I will talk again!
Sean Carter, TBI patient since 2005.)