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Rehabilitation

April 3, 2019

From Sadness to Smiles: Art Inspires Emotional Healing

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When Bill Hoffman arrived at Mayo Clinic’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, he was so weak he could barely move. Not only was his strength gone, his happiness had disappeared, too. That began to change when Bill picked up a paintbrush and immersed himself in the creative process.

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Tags: Carol Graziano, Dr. Mitchell Humphreys, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


March 1, 2019

Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling’s Independence

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Last summer, Scott Walling was in excruciating pain, and he could barely walk. Today he’s pain-free and enjoying his favorite hobbies again, thanks to a new procedure offered by Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurosurgery.

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Tags: Dr. Karen Newcomer, Dr. Mohamad Bydon, Robotic spine surgery, Spinal stenosis


November 2, 2018

An Active Life Restored, Thanks to Regenerative Medicine

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For years, Rick Amatuzio lived with severe back pain that kept him from the active life he’d always savored. But advanced diagnostic tests and regenerative medicine therapy at Mayo Clinic ultimately led to a complete recovery. Now Rick once again can play sports and enjoy the outdoors free from pain.

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Tags: Dr. Wenchun Qu, Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Regenerative Medicine


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


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