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February 3rd, 2017

Astounding Recovery for an 8-Year-Old Boy Shot by an Arrow

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It’s a story that plays out like a Hollywood movie. A young boy is accidentally struck by an arrow and narrowly escapes death. The arrow pierces the 8-year-old’s backbone and splits his spinal cord. He’s paralyzed from the waist down, and his doctors fear he’ll never walk again. But remarkably, the story has a happy […]

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Dr. Denise Klinkner, Dr. Nicholas Wetjen, Emergency medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


January 13th, 2017

Walking Easy Again After Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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After a 37-year career at a petroleum company, Dan Hofferber was looking forward to retirement. But in 2014, Dan started having trouble with one of his legs. The muscle in his left thigh would tighten up, causing unbearable pain that made it hard to walk. “I was used to walking a mile or two, and […]

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Tags: Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Dr. Ralph Gay, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal stenosis


December 19th, 2016

Teen Returns to the Range With Help From Mayo Clinic’s Pain Rehabilitation Center

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“Mom, I’m going out!” Today this phrase rings through the Gramm home on a regular basis as 16-year-old Josie Gramm heads outside to work with horses at the family’s ranch near Glendive, Montana. An enthusiastic ranch hand who loves being with animals, Josie spends as much time as she can outdoors. For almost a year, […]

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Tags: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Pain Management, Pain Rehabilitation Center


September 17th, 2016

Artist Back at the Drawing Board After A Stroke

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Shirley and Bob Gessner have weathered some tough times during their 56 years of marriage. But nothing could have prepared Shirley for the night of April 10, 2015, when she awoke at 3:30 a.m. to a thud — the sound of her husband falling out of bed. “I asked him what was the matter, but […]

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Tags: Atrial Fibrillation, Comprehensive Stroke Center, diabetes, Dr. David A. Miller, Florida Campus, stroke, Thrombectomy, tPA


July 16th, 2016

Refusing to Give Up After Devastating Accident, A Farmer Finds Help and Healing at Mayo Clinic

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When Gene Franke left his farm in rural Hayfield, Minnesota, driving a semi-trailer truck loaded with hay and bound for Oklahoma, he never imagined the return leg of his journey would be as a passenger in an air ambulance jet. But in September 2011, that’s exactly what happened. A serious accident left Gene paralyzed and […]

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Tags: Air Ambulance, Mayo MedAir, Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation, spinal cord injury


August 16th, 2015

Patients Tell How Pain Rehabilitation Program Brought Them Relief

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Three weeks. It sounds like a long time, especially if you’re going to a hospital or clinic every day. But for people living with chronic pain, a daily, multi-week program is compelling if it can help them return to a more active lifestyle. Established in 2011, the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus […]

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Tags: Florida Campus, MayoClinicFL, Pain Medicine, Pain Rehabilitation Center, PRC, Sletten


July 2nd, 2015

Cardiac Rehabilitation Helps Ardis Kyker Improve Her Health, Lose Weight and Avoid Surgery

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Back in 2014, Ardis Kyker was at home going about her daily routine when she experienced tightening in her chest. The pain went away as soon as she sat down to rest, so she proceeded with her day. Later, while pushing a cart at a grocery store, the pain returned with more intensity. So Ardis checked […]

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Tags: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Coronary Artery Disease, Mayo Clinic Health System, Red Wing


June 24th, 2015

West Nile Put Gloria Johnson on a Ventilator. Rehab Brings Her Back

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Gloria Johnson’s life changed in the blink of an eye. Gloria and her husband, Floyd, were camping in South Dakota in August 2013, when her body’s temperature skyrocketed to 104.6 degrees, and her body went limp. She went from enjoying her time at a campground to being paralyzed from the neck down. She was diagnosed […]

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Tags: Lake City, Mayo Clinic Health System, Respiratory Therapy, Ventilator Program, West Nile Virus


June 12th, 2015

Spina Bifida Won’t Slow Down Ty Wiberg

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

If everyone else can do it, why can’t I? If Ty Wiberg, a 13-year-old from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, has one guiding principle in life, that might be the one. The Chippewa Falls Middle School student has undergone 16 surgeries, walks with braces and uses a wheelchair for distance. Ty was born with spina bifida, a spinal […]

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Tags: Dr. Jane Byrd, Dr. Sherilyn Driscoll, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spina Bifida, Spina Bifida Clinic


December 10th, 2014

An Answer to Chronic Pain Through Community

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Read time: 7 minutes Kylee Swensrud doesn’t want to talk about the bad stuff. About how the chronic back pain she’s been living with for the past few years caused emotional distress and drove a wedge between her parents, or the weight it placed on her older sister over concern for her. And she especially […]

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Tags: back pain, chronic pain, Pain Rehabilitation Center


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