Recently my family and I have been looking into a rehab clinic in San Diego, California called Project Walk. It is a spinal cord injury center which completely focuses on healing and physical recovery. They stand by the belief that recovery can happen at any time and through intense physical rehab nerve connections can be reestablished. They believe in using as little medication as possible and are completely against using drugs to eradicate spasms and nerve pain. Much like my family and I believe, Project Walk states that spasms and nerve pain is part of the natural healing process of the body, and to mask these symptoms could be detrimental.
It seemed like everyone in my family felt like this was a place I needed to be at least for a short time, so I have begun to take the appropriate measures. The center asks for results of a bone density scan along with the application so about a week ago I walked into the Charlotte Radiology and Breast Center to scan my bones. I had no worries about the results and figured my bones would be just fine. I get in my standing frame just about every day which is said to keep your bones healthy because of the weight bearing. Plus I figured my spasms and use of the FES bike provided the proper muscle tone to ensure bone health. Because of these reasons I was quite shocked when my mom told me she got the results of the scan with a distraught look on her face. The scan of my right femur resulted in the diagnosis of osteoporosis leaving me at a severe high risk for bone fracture. The scan of my lumbar region was not as bad but was very close. On a standard scan, these are the only two areas which are surveyed.
When I first heard the news I didn’t believe it one bit. The only logical conclusion was that the results were wrong. Something happened during the scan or they gave me someone else’s results. It just wasn’t possible that my bones had become that unhealthy in the past year and a half. I had done everything I thought I was supposed to do to keep my bones healthy and now a sheet of paper was telling me that I either didn’t do enough or that there is nothing I can do.
I was very angry for the rest of the night but by the next morning a feeling of acceptance was reached. At the present time I feel like the results are probably the correct ones. I would still like to get another scan done and have checked both the right and left femur. Just because I have certain areas of low bone density does not mean all areas are the same. I have more tone in different areas of the body which may keep my bone density higher in those areas. It’s still hard to understand however, because I thought weight bearing was the essential ingredient to keeping bones healthy. Looks like I may have to start standing twice a day. I am also planning on taking a more effective calcium supplement and possibly getting on the FES bike more often.
I was planning on thoroughly impressing Project Walk with my excellent health and ability to maintain my body over the past months. They have different phases of their program with the first phase being getting your bones and joints strong again as well as increasing muscle tone. I thought phase one was rather obsolete for me but it turns out that may be untrue. I didn’t think I needed Project Walk’s help to improve this aspect of my injury, but it turns out I may not be as good an example as I thought I was. Oh well, as usual all I can do is move forward.