If you are looking for an activity to do with someone who has recently suffered a stroke, you may wish to get out a deck of playing cards. In a recent study, researchers found that activities such as playing cards or tossing a ball into a garbage were as effective for regaining coordination as playing virtual reality games. According to lead author Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, “We all like technology and have the tendency to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that’s not the case….In this study, we found that simple recreational activities that can be implemented anywhere may be as effective as technology.”
In 2010, Darek Fidyka was paralyzed from the chest down due to a knife attack. However, in 2014, surgeons announced that Fidyka’s paralysis had been reversed by using cells from his nose to repair his spinal cord. According to Fidyka, “I can tell that sensation is coming back and I am getting stronger. A year ago I would not have been able to ride a tricycle. Now I can feel each muscle and each press of the foot on the pedals.”
The medical team that treated Fidyka is initiating a worldwide search for patients, who have specific types of spinal cord injuries, to participate in the Wrocloaw Walk Again Project. To read more about Darek Fidyka and the Wroclaw Walk Again Project, click here.