After experiencing excruciating pain in her neck and back, Janet Collins visited a doctor where she discovered one of her lower cervical discs had crushed as a result of softening bones. The doctor examined the rest of her spine and saw most of the discs were impacted. To alleviate the pain and reinforce her spine, Janet underwent a spinal fusion beginning at her lower cervical region of the spine all of the way down.
In order to walk again, Janet needed to regain strength, balance and mobility when depending on what Janet calls her “metal spine.” She came to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress in December 2016 on a mission to accomplish her goal of mobility. Through a customized therapy plan and the implementation of therapy technologies during her two week stay, she was able to regain control of her body and begin walking with assistance. Specifically, she touts the AutoAmbulator, a treadmill-based and body-weight supported technology that helps patients relearn how to walk through the repetition of muscle movements and gait patterns, for her success.
“I came into this hospital never thinking I’d be able to walk again,” said Janet. “The AutoAmbulator taught me how to walk again.”