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Rehabilitation

October 11, 2018

Winning Against All Odds

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Andy Steinfeldt discovered his love of running late in life. When a series of medical conditions and complications threatened his newfound hobby, he refused to accept a future where he wasn’t able to compete.

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Tags: Dr. David Froehling, Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, Parsonage-Turner syndrome, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vascular center


October 3, 2018

Teamwork and Motivation Spur Recovery from Brachial Plexus Injury

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A motor vehicle accident left Jennifer Tetler without the use of her left arm. But the comprehensive treatment plan developed by her Mayo Clinic care team, along with Jennifer’s drive to recover as fully as possible, led to an excellent outcome.

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Tags: brachial plexus, Cecelia Skotak, Dr. Pelagia Kouloumberis, Dr. Shelley Noland, Julie Pohlad, Peripheral Nerve Clinic


July 27, 2018

Improving Lives With Creativity and Kindness

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As a child, when Jim Rogotzke wanted a toy or device that didn’t exist, he’d make it. Today the master electrician has turned that talent toward designing and developing devices to help patients.

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Tags: Jim Rogotzke, Mayo Clinic Health System, Melissa Wegscheid, Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy


April 13, 2018

Diagnosis and Treatment for a Mysterious Illness Turn Despair Into Hope

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With unexplained symptoms worsening daily, Elise Athas’ health was spiraling downward quickly until she came to Mayo Clinic and discovered a program that helped her cope, recover and heal.

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Tags: Dr. Jeffrey Staab, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Dr. Michel Toledano, Functional neurologic disorders, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Psychology


November 6, 2017

Mastectomy Can’t Keep Marianne Huebner Out of Competitive Weightlifting

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When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Marianne Huebner feared her days of competitive weightlifting were over. Her care team at Mayo Clinic had other ideas.

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Tags: breast cancer, Cancer care, Dr. Andrea Cheville, Dr. James Jakub, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


February 3, 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 13, 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 19, 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 17, 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 16, 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


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